Second suspect arrested in dog fighting investigation

KINSTON, Lenoir County - A second suspect in a dog fighting investigation in Kinston has been arrested.

Kinston Police said Juan Derico Rufus was arrested at the Kinston Police Department and placed in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond for felony dog fighting.

Rufus' arrest comes after Hal Tyler Jr. was arrested Monday and charged with felonious dog fighting. The two arrests come after Kinston Police responded to a dog fighting complaint at 430 Sherman Street last weekend.

The two injured dogs were seized and transported to a local animal hospital for treatment. One of the dogs was treated for injuries and turned over to the Lenoir County SPCA, while the other dog received treatment for its wounds, including 48 staples to the face and neck area.

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