DOGFIGHT AFTERMATH: Dogs put down in fighting case

COLUMBIA CITY — It was more than three months ago that 18 individuals were arrested for various crimes related to dogfighting in Whitley County.Since that time, two dogs have been euthanized, one more could be, and most of the court proceedings are still in the pretrial phase.Two of the three dogs were euthanized in previous months, according to court documents which included an expense report from the Whitley County Humane Shelter.The third dog belongs to Eddie Smith, who was the person residing at the home where the arrests occurred. He was given six charges, including three felonies. The remaining dog is at the Whitley County Humane Shelter. Shelter officials indicated they can no longer care for the dog and no other shelter will pay for her. If Smith does not pay for her costs of care, the dog will have to put down.Smith has a jury trial set for Aug. 7 and Aug. 8.Excell L. Hazzard, 45, of Chicago, was the only individual who pleaded guilty in Whitley County Superior Court in January. He was given six months in Whitley County Jail by Judge Doug Fahl, with six months of his sentence suspended. Most inmates only serve half of their sentence if they have good behavior, thus, Hazzard was released from Whitley County Jail Thursday.To read the rest of this story, see the April 8 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.