Mississippi dog breeder shot to death after dog fight - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi dog breeder shot to death after dog fight

YAZOO CITY, MS (WMC-TV) - A Jackson, Mississippi dog breeder was shot to death after a dog fight Friday night.

Police said 43-year-old Earl Riptoe was shot around 11:00 p.m. Friday after a dog fight in rural Yazoo County, Mississippi.

Police did not say how many times Riptoe was shot or where he was attacked.

While responding to a shooting call, deputies forced a driver to pull over in Benton, Mississippi and found Riptoe dead in the back seat.

The victim's sister, Sonja Riptoe, claimed he never used dogs for fighting, but did attend dog fights in Yazoo County.

"He thought he could make a wager, a quick wager.  Make some money or something," she said.  "Maybe the people that go to those types of events are hardened by them to the point where they don't really consider human life as much as they would an animal's life."

A felony cruelty bill is being introduced to Mississippi lawmakers that would create tougher penalties for people who harm cats and dogs.

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