Man sentenced in Polk County dogfighting case

May 16, 2018--7:00 a.m.

Staff reports

A Polk County man found guilty last month on 107 counts of felony dogfighting and 107 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals was sentenced to 50 years, 15 to serve on Tuesday.

Devechio Rowland could have gotten up to 642 years in prison.

A tip given to law enforcement brought them to 569 Cashtown Road in Aragon in August 2017, where 70 dogs were found in deplorable living conditions.

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said it was “the worst case of animal cruelty we’ve ever seen.”

More than 30 dogs were found at his Puckett Road residence in Cedartown just hours after the original discovery on Cashtown Road.

Rowland was previously arrested back in 2010 on similar charges, along with three other individuals in an alleged dog fighting ring, but the case was dropped because a material witness in the investigation had died.