2 men arrested for fighting & baiting animals after posting attack video on Facebook

Haynes, right, and Perry, left.

LARGO, FL (WFLA) – Detectives arrested two men who allowed a pit bull to attack and fight a caged raccoon. One of the men filmed the attack and posted the video to Facebook.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Clearwater Police Department began receiving complaints Friday about a video that was posted to Facebook showing a pit bull attacking a caged raccoon. Detectives determined that caged fight took place in unincorporated Largo.

Detectives identified the suspect who filmed and posted the video as 25-year-old Damien Ja-Bree Haynes.

They found Haynes Friday evening at his home in Largo. Haynes admitted to recording the attack sometime in March 2015, and posting it on his Facebook page more than a year later, on February 16, 2016. Haynes was arrested and charged with fighting/baiting animals. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Further investigation led detectives to identify 64-year-old Leo Edward Perry as the suspect who had opened the cage and allowed the attack on the raccoon.

On Saturday, detectives found Perry at his home at the 13100 block of Pine Street in Largo. Perry admitted to the crime and was arrested for fighting/baiting animals. He was also taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
Deputies say that Haynes videotaped as Perry opened the cage and allowed and his pit bull to attack the raccoon. Pinellas County Animal Services assisted in the investigation and found 10 pit bulls at the residence.

Deputies say Perry voluntarily turned them over to Animal Services. The incident is still under investigation.

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