Jones County Man Sentenced For Dog Fighting

A man facing 28 dog fighting and animal cruelty charges was found guilty Wednesday on several of the felonies.

Brian Tucker is one of two men arrested in August 2011 for dog fighting. Authorities had to rescue almost 50 dogs in two counties. He was found guilty Wednesday in Jones County Court on all 5 felony dog fighting counts.The judge sentenced Tucker to between 24 and 32 months in prison. He will be on supervised probation for three years after that.

Tucker had already pleaded guilty before the trial to 12 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and 2 other misdemeanors.


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A Jones County man appeared before a judge Friday to face 28 dog fighting and animal cruelty charges.

Brian Tucker of Pollocksville was one of two men arrested earlier this month in cases where authorities rescued almost 50 dogs in two counties. Cody Ushry, Jr. of Alliance was also scheduled to go before a judge in Pamlico County.

Authorities in Pamlico County were investigating Ushry's alleged dog fighting activities when they learned of Tucker also possibly being involved. Thirty pit bulls were taken from Tucker's home and 17 from Ushry.

Tucker faces five counts of dog fighting, 12 counts of cruelty to animals and 11 counts of restraining a dog in a cruel manner. A judge Friday appointed the man an attorney and set October 28th for a preliminary hearing. He is out on a $36,500 bond.


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Two men are due in court after authorities rescued almost 50 dogs that they say were intended for fighting.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported that 62-year-old Cody Ushry Jr. of Alliance and 25-year-old Brian Devon Tucker of Pollocksville are scheduled for their first court appearances Friday.

Authorities in Pamlico and Jones counties say the two were partners in a kennel business. Ushry faces one felony count each of cruelty to animals and dog fighting, while Tucker is charged with 23 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Each man is out on bond.

Authorities say 30 pit bulls were taken from Tucker's home and 17 from Ushry. It wasn't known if the men have attorneys, and no one answered a number for the kennel.


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  • by PitBullsRMy<3 Location: washington on Jan 10, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    thank god the law is cracking down on these idiots who fight dogs and who disrespect these beautiful dogs!!
  • by chris Location: nc on Sep 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    I agree dog fighting is terrible and the people who fight them should be punished. So that brings me to the moron, idiots who send a calf running down the arena and through a rope around it's neck and then stop the horse and they call this a sport something needs to be done if one shoe fits the other.
  • by 250 Location: jax on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    How about all you "PRO BREED" posters look in the column at the right about the woman mauled while pregnant by her "pet". hmmm
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    Oh great - more Pit Bulls in pounds and being rehabilitated. Don't get them. They will turn on you!
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      by danny on Aug 12, 2011 at 07:31 PM in reply to
      some heart u have. would u say the same things about a kid with a bad past.
  • by DANNY Location: WILLIAMSTON on Aug 12, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    The law makes it where u have to keep the dogs on a chain,in a keenl with a top and concrite floor. Any time it is out of the keenl it has to have a mussle on. All this dogs like the PITTBULLS.Have a bad name. How can a dog live like this. There are labs and other little dogs that are meaner then some of these pitts. ITS ALL ABOUT THE NAME OF DOGS. NOT HOW THEY ARE INSIDE.
  • by Danny Location: Williamston on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    U can.t blame the dogs its the OWNERS. THE BREED OF DOG IS GREAT.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    A fitting punishment would be to place those convicted of animal cruelty (where dog fighting is the reason)and pit the convicted felons against each other in a fight ring. Withhold medical care and when injured grievously put them down using the same method they use on the dogs. If they will not fight each other than allow the ringmaster to use electric shock to goad them as they goad dogs.
  • by Connie Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    How could he afford $30,500 to get out of jail? drugs?
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      by wow, you live under a rock on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM in reply to Connie
      You say that as if no one can afford to BOND themself out of jail or get family or hey even a BAIL BONDSMAN...geez. You think no farther than the story you read. Most folks that make a living illegally put away BOND money for if/when they get caught. Get a clue.
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        by Connie on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM in reply to wow, you live under a rock
        Sorry..did not not know, never done anything illegal! Looks like you know!!!!Still hope he get punished big times!
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          by Anonymous on Aug 14, 2011 at 05:06 AM in reply to Connie
          You really don't know anything. This young man comes from close knit family and friends who know this is not true. If it was they would not help him. You along with other over zealous "humans" give humamkind a bad name/
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          by Wow, you live under a rock on Aug 14, 2011 at 02:30 PM in reply to Connie
          That's my point, you dont know and your are commenting about it. I doubt you have never done anything illegal.
  • by pit bull lover Location: Eastern NC on Aug 12, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    disgusting pieces of human trash. Their punishment could never be cruel enough.
  • by Jeny Location: Jamesville NC on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Yjey need to rot in jail for life with no food nor water...Better yet since they want to fight dogs put them in the middle of the ring with the dogs..This is way pit bulls have such a bad name and no one can get around them cuz such tradgey as this. I guess they have nothig better to do but to hurt poor innocent animnals. I love animals and to keep on hearing stories such as this its ashame of how some people can be so cruel..Grow up people and get a lie or you will be put away for a long time except the bad thing is u wont be on chains...HOpe the cell mates tear u up like the dogs do to each other. And this comment goesout to ALL dog fighters and if you have any to say leave a comment.
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