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W.Va. Man Sentenced to Jail for Dogfighting Conviction


A Charleston man has been sentenced to two years in jail for his conviction on dogfighting and other animal cruelty charges.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Derick A. Geiger was convicted earlier this month of seven counts of cruelty to animals, illegal tethering and six counts of training dogs to fight.

Kanawha Magistrate Mike Sisson immediately handed down the sentence.

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association says the 45-year-old Geiger became the first Kanawha County resident to be convicted of dogfighting.

A criminal complaint against Geiger says that last November, a Charleston humane officer was dispatched to a residence after an anonymous complaint was made about dogs being trained to “competitively fight in blood sports.”

An officer wrote in the complaint that seven pit bulls were found outside the home with no food or water.