Sunday, October 02, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Kawaun Smith was sentenced on September 29, 2016, by Circuit Judge Jennie Kinsey to 10 years in state prison. Smith pled straight to the Court on July 6, 2016, to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, four counts of Fighting or Baiting Animals, six counts of Confinement of Animals Without Sufficient Food, Water, or Exercise, and Possession of Controlled Substances.
On August 18, 2015, law enforcement was notified of an active dog fight taking place at the defendant’s residence which is in the 3800 block of Moreno Street. When Deputies arrived they observed several individuals on the property and multiple dogs, including several that were seriously injured. Animal Control Officers were called in to provide care for the animals and assist in the investigation. Three dogs had fresh injuries indicating they had recently been involved in a fight. Six other dogs were also removed from the property, two of those dogs had injuries indicating they had been involved in prior dog fights. Evidence found on the property indicated that this was an organized fight that took place in a shed in the backyard. None of the dogs had food or potable water available. A search of the home was conducted which revealed three firearms, a bullet-proof vest and narcotics.
The investigation was conducted by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Stephanie Nowlin with Animal Control. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Cierra Burns.