UPDATE 10/15/08: After three days of examining the state’s evidence in a nonjury trial, 15th Judicial District Judge Kristian Earls acquitted Floyd Boudreaux and Guy Boudreaux of 48 counts of dogfighting. The judge ruled that the state prosecutor failed to provide substantial evidence that the men were involved in the illegal sport.
Both men faced dogfighting charges after Louisiana State Police officers seized 57 pit bulls they believed were being used for the purposes of dogfighting. Less than 24 hours after the dogs were seized, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) euthanized the animals, leaving what the defense argued little time to conduct a further investigation of the animals' health and treatment while in the defendants’ care.
10/10/08: "Dogfighting Don" Finally in Court
Baton Rouge, LA - Famous father and son accused of dog fighting are finally in court. Floyd J. Boudreaux, 74, an internationally known breeder of pit bull terriers, and his son, Guy Boudreaux, 44, each face 48 counts of dogfighting. The two were arrested in March 2005 after Louisiana State Police executed a search warrant at Floyd’s Youngsville home.
There, police say they seized more than 50 grown pit bulldogs and four puppies that had not reached fighting age. Police also seized 40 chickens, steroids and a sawed-off shotgun. All of the grown dogs were later euthanized, including one reportedly worth at least $25,000. Authorities have said the dogs were marketed to buyers in the United States, Mexico, Japan and other countries.
At the time of the arrest, Laura Maloney, then executive director of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, referred to Floyd Boudreaux as a "Dogfighting Don." The case has been given the first priority in court and is expected to move forward Monday. The case will be prosecuted by Ronald Dauterive. The Boudreauxs are being represented by Jason Robideaux.
09/27/08: Dogfighting Operation Busted; All Seized Dogs Euthanized
03/12/08: Bloodsport Bust: Alleged Bloodsport Breeds Charged