Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Dog Fighting

March 23, 2011

An Escambia County, Alabama, man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for dog fighting.

Terrance McNeil pleaded guilty to felony dog fighting charges that stemmed from a 2008 incident in Atmore. An anonymous tip led investigators with the Atmore Police Department and the Human Society of Escambia County (Ala.) to North Sunset Drive where they found a makeshift dog fighting arena.

According to investigators, they found several vehicles parked outside a trail that led into a thickly wooded area, ending at a “plywood pit” surrounded by floodlights powered by a portable generator. They also located an assortment of alleged dog fighting paraphernalia.

Two other people are awaiting trail in connection with the incident.

Pictured top: An alleged dog fighting arena discovered in a wooded area off North Sunset Drive in Atmore  in June, 2008. Pictured inset: Terrance McNeil was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dog fighting.  Pictured below: One of the dogs allegedly involved in the incident. Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.


54 Responses to “Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Dog Fighting”

  1. The Truth on March 29th, 2011 7:12 pm

    I have a relationship with my family, my animals and God….just don’t believe in Churches and their greed.

  2. David Huie Green on March 26th, 2011 12:28 pm

    “Now I don’t presume to know what grasshoppers, nor any animal is thinking, but I tend to believe some in the animal world will get to Heaven and some won’t. Just like us.”

    So animals need a savior just like humans? This means they aren’t in a state of grace as they stalk each other? I was thinking to myself if it would actually be Heaven for dogs without cats to chase and if it would actually be Heaven for cats with dogs chasing them. If it could be heaven for fleas without rats to suck.

    And then there’s the chickens. Picture the billions of chickens waiting for newcomers to tell them, “You sent me here for Sunday dinner 40 years ago!!” And what happens to all the boiled eggs which WOULD have been chickens?

    There was the tale of a person who died and went to his eternal destination. He saw an old geezer with a beauty waiting on him hand and foot.

    “Wow, Heaven sure is great if you get rewards like this!”

    The lady turned to him and said, “Heaven??? Whatever made you think this was heaven? He’s MY punishment!!”

    Creative theology certainly gets interesting when we add to what’s written and throw in our own prejudices, fears and desires.

    David contemplating co-residents

  3. To the truth on March 26th, 2011 7:06 am

    I want u to realize that when the judgement day of the Lord comes u will answer for ur life and not the hypocrites in the church or anywhere else. There are church goers that die and go to hell everyday but having a relationship with god can change all doubt and fears of others.

  4. BREWTON on March 26th, 2011 1:01 am


  5. Animal Lover on March 25th, 2011 10:12 pm

    David Huie Green

    I see no correlation to animals that can think and feel emotion and the scripture you just quoted.
    And the desire you’re thinking of is a thing of the flesh – not the soul. All things of the flesh will no longer be. But I do understand you, being male, would see it that way. I understand it to mean the desire to go on in this life – the day to day things we do and call it living – we get old and tired and no longer desire to live – we’re ready to go on.
    Now I don’t presume to know what grasshoppers, nor any animal is thinking, but I tend to believe some in the animal world will get to Heaven and some won’t. Just like us. I don’t believe cruelty to animals will send you to hell – I do believe not believing in Jesus will. The rest of it is just a test and will determine our closeness to God after we die.
    Isn’t variety wonderful? All the “different” looking people, animals, opinions, religions,mountains,seas, insects,etc. And we are so lucky to live in this time – the earth is smaller, we see, get to travel, and know so much more of life and other peoples than our ansestors. We are truly blessed. It is such a shame some people choose to be evil and selfish and, by doing so, miss so many good things in life. Dogs were created to be our companion – to love us unconditionally – and some treat them so bad. It’s so sad – but then, C’est la vie.

  6. David Huie Green on March 25th, 2011 2:32 pm

    “Maybe it’s my tender heart that causes me to believe ‘thinking’,’ feeling’ animals go to heaven – but after all, that’s what humans are. Probably will be more dogs, cats, elephants, monkeys, apes, etc. in heaven than humans.”

    So in Ecclesiastes 12:7 using your NIV we have the statement of Man “and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

    And we have now decided that applies to dogs, cats, elephants, monkeys, apes too somehow. Moving right along we next address the question from chapter 12, verse 5 which says: “ when men are afraid of heights and of dangers in the streets; when the almond tree blossoms and the grasshopper drags himself along and desire no longer is stirred. Then man goes to his eternal home and mourners go about the streets. “

    And new questions arise: Does this imply impotence in Heaven? Do all grasshoppers go to Heaven? Fleas? What about almond trees? Frogs? Amoebas?

    I can see why some don’t want to go there.

    If some don’t make the cut but some do, how do you decide?

    David trying to picture this vision
    wondering if dogs will like their eternal neighbors

  7. Animal Lover on March 25th, 2011 6:45 am

    Regarding David Huie Green’s posts here —

    The 3rd chapter of Ecclesiates is where we all get that there is a time for everything under heaven. It is thought the book was written by ole wise King Solomon.

    The NIV (I like it better ’cause I didn’t live back in the day the KJV was written and don’t talk that way so I’m confused at times as to what it is actually saying) says “18. I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c](spirit); humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

    Verse 21, what you are basing your interputation from, is a question – not a statement, as you’re reading it.

    Maybe it’s my tender heart that causes me to believe ‘thinking’,’ feeling’ animals go to heaven – but after all, that’s what humans are. Probably will be more dogs, cats, elephants, monkeys, apes, etc. in heaven than humans. They don’t have power, money, and greed to corrupt them. And I do believe God has a more tender heart than I because he gave his only Son to die for the likes of us humans. Guess the animals didn’t need Him to die for them.

  8. The Truth on March 24th, 2011 11:23 pm

    I would rather find my comfort in any of my dogs..than look to any church for comfort..they do not beg for money or reject you like a church will. Just because someone builds a church does not mean God is in it. And anyone can worship God without belonging to a church. Now that is commonsense. Dogs have rights and I am glad that there are those who are willing to stand up for them.

  9. T on March 24th, 2011 8:44 pm

    He is 100% WRONG….BUT 10 years????

  10. commonsence on March 24th, 2011 8:38 pm

    TheTruth you need to understand your Bible a little more. When you see a small “g” that is not the God we serve. The God we serve has a “G”, go to Bible study and Sunday school or join a teaching Church. The same thing applies with the “L” when you see Lord. THIS LESSON IS FREE.

  11. lawful citzen on March 24th, 2011 7:37 pm

    o.k. He did the crime, now he have to do the time, but lets put it out there, and I am sure the city, and the county, know that this is happening right here in the good ole’ city of Atmore and Poarch, “Cock fightin” among the good ole’ boys. happen EVERY Weekend, animals involved, when. question, will they get caught? Will they get the same amount of time? or will law enforcement even look into it at all. OH and APD and TPD know it is going on.

  12. no name on March 24th, 2011 8:29 am

    Its about time…now if the human Society would crack down a bit more when issue are reported, this type of stuff would not continue to happen as much. Im Glad this creep has been put away!!

  13. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 11:29 pm

    David its sad to say but i had actually stopped reading after verse 20. lol. If i just would have kept on. lol

  14. The Truth on March 23rd, 2011 10:32 pm

    Animals have rights….dog spelled backwards….God. They are to be loved and be our best friend….ever had a bad day and find comfort in a pet…they will never yell or judge you..they love you unconditionally.

  15. pm on March 23rd, 2011 10:16 pm

    Since Michael Vick has made a great comeback and has re-habilitated his image – I have to wonder how many our good citizens watch football games he plays in and cheers him on so he can continue to make millions of dollars. I am not so forgiving nor am i a forgetting kind of person – scum is scum – no matter how much work a pr rep. puts into a criminals “good works” – Michael Vick and others like him are still sicker puppies than the pit bulls they raised and fought. This guy got what he deserved and i wish Michael Vick had gotten what he deserved.

  16. David Huie Green on March 23rd, 2011 9:44 pm

    “It never talks about the spirit so I may be leaning towards that it means that animals live and die just like man. I don’t see anything pertaining to the after life. But I may be wrong”

    One of my 53 and a half flaws is that I assume people have read and considered what I have. For example, please consider:

    Psalm 90:10 “The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. ”

    The writer is talking about flying away at the end of life. Since most people can’t flap their arms hard enough to fly even in youth, it seems reasonable to take some other meaning from it. If we incorporate

    Ecclesiastes 3:21 “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?”

    into our thinking we have the spirit of man going upward, as in flying and the spirit of the beast not. Take the two together and the idea that a person is not just flesh and bone is suggested and has a different destination from beasts–maybe even dogs, assuming they are beasts and not cleverly disguised people. (Jehovah’s Witnesses disagree as to the fate of humans, so I may be wrong.)

    If any of this could be tested, we could know exactly what is required to spend eternity with Chihuahuas.

    Regardless, it is not nice to torture animals.

    David contemplating the street of gold,
    covered with dog products
    or not

  17. SUNI LYNN on March 23rd, 2011 5:06 pm

    dogs have feelings too they feel pain ,hate fear and they can feel love,

  18. wonder on March 23rd, 2011 4:24 pm

    The football player that had the pit bull did not get time. Money talks people walk. He should have got time but 10 years,He should have been made to work at the dog pound for x amount of years and probation.

  19. Y ASK Y on March 23rd, 2011 3:37 pm

    10 years for fighting a dog. a murder don’t get 10 years or a rapist. come if you follow dog fight why you can’t get the drug dealers off the street

  20. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 2:56 pm

    @david- I have re-read it about 12 times and still dont have a clear cut answer towhat it means. It never talks about the spirit so I may be leaning towards that it means that animals live and die just like man. I dont see anything pertaining to the after life. But I may be wrong. who knows! lol

  21. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 2:54 pm

    @sho-nuff — Then complain that the drug smugglers need to get more time instead of saying that the murder of who knows how many dogs isnt worth 10 years. Some of you are acting like he killed ONE dog. It was waaaaaay more than that! They put a lot of time and energy into this “makeshift arena”. They had a portable generator there. Its not like he just got mad because it ate his chicken. He raised these dogs to fight which includes starving them, keeping them tied to a tree, and absolutely no affection towards them. Who knows what else. So please dont undercut the actual value to what he and 2 others have done. Not mention idiots like these 3 do nothing but put the wrong impression of this wonderful breed into peoples heads. I say 10 years for every dog that he has murdered wouldnt be enough!

  22. David Huie Green on March 23rd, 2011 2:38 pm

    “i think I may agree with Linda on this one”

    I TOLD you if you always agreed with me that you’d be wrong some of the time, since I am wrong some of the time.

    David thinking this wasn’t one of the timeS
    but might be wrong again in that

  23. sho-nuff on March 23rd, 2011 2:24 pm

    I am a dog lover and tolerate cats also. But I think a ten year sentence is a bit stiff.
    Dog fighting is wrong. Also wrong, hunting dogs being “culled”. The runts killed at birth, and others killed after they get too old to hunt. Same thing with greyhounds used in dog racing.

    Chicken fighting is still legal in some states, and you can ride through rural areas and see a yard full of “tee-pees’, cages with a single rooster in them.

    Fighting any Animal is wrong, but 10 years??
    There are drug smugglers and drunk drivers that have taken human lives and got off with a lesser charge.

  24. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 2:21 pm

    David and Linda you made me break out my bible. And btw it thanks you. lol I was sure it was dusted shut but it still opens. But after my review i think I may agree with Linda on this one.

  25. JoshBaker on March 23rd, 2011 1:13 pm

    Gutless coward! He should have got the death penelty.

  26. RE on March 23rd, 2011 12:01 pm

    I am glad he is put away, because anybody that enjoys or profits from animals fighting until death does not deserve to live in a civilized society.

  27. David Huie Green on March 23rd, 2011 11:40 am

    “Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth”

    so dogs aren’t beasts? my bad

    David noting it isn’t listed as a question in 29

  28. why:? on March 23rd, 2011 11:36 am

    Linda – there needs to be more like you here
    you restoreth my soul

  29. Erin on March 23rd, 2011 11:09 am

    good! this guy and all his buddies need to be behind bars for a lot longer than 10 years though! dogs are like kids, they trust you, they love you, they expect you to do what’s right for them, not treat them like dirt and use them for your own sick and twisted amusement.

  30. Linda on March 23rd, 2011 11:07 am

    David, don’t imagine I’m the only one breaking out the Bible. I read :”For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth.” Those particular verses don’t clarify with certainty, to me at least, dogs don’t go to heaven. To quote Will Rogers, “If dogs don’t go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went.”

    The Rev. Billy Graham has said, ” Heaven is the place of final and complete happiness that God has prepared for us and if our animals are necessary to make us happy, then you can be sure God will have our animals that have left us waiting to greet us.”

  31. Linda on March 23rd, 2011 11:02 am

    commonsence(SIC), you are right about stupidity being involved. But, the stupid comes in when HUMANS allow dogs to breed out of control and create all the strays you want rounded up. If you want to equate a dog’s life to a human’s in reference to jail time, consider the atmosphere surrounding this “sport”. Tell me these thugs hold human life in high regard and the associated activities don’t create a breeding ground (pardon the pun) for evil they then carry into society and their homes with them. This guy deserves every second of every day in jail he serves. Only other punishment should be meted out by those of us who hold the lives of animals in high regard, see their worth and believe they deserve protection. Trust me, he’d fare better in prison.

    atmore, the system is not all screwed up and crazy – it’s actually working! Actions have consequences. Dog fighting is illegal. Earthly justice requires jail time. This shining example of humanity just couldn’t afford the lawyers Michael Vick bought – so, he got a longer sentence. Setting an example for these sadistic S.O.B.s (that, of course, means short on brains) is what the judicial system needs to do. I doubt it will stop the vicarious thrill these cowards receive watching this bloodsport, but short of vigilante justice, it’s the best we can hope for. It lets them know there will be a price to pay.

  32. Scary on March 23rd, 2011 10:28 am

    Yay and bah bye!!
    Anyone who watches and takes pleasure in seeing dogs kill each other is demented and needs to be locked up, for a long time.
    Commonsense, It is the job of caring, educated and compassionate people to get their OWN animals spayed and neutered, certainly not the job of the Humaine Society. There are so many strays in your area b/c people are too irresponsible and selfish to take responsiblity and get their own pets fixed! Getting one animal fixed saves literally thousands of unwanted animals from a dismal lives of pain and suffering.

  33. Mytwocents on March 23rd, 2011 9:43 am

    He got off easy….. Wonder how many lives he took before being caught. Animals have feelings and created by God just as humans. He should be put away forever.

  34. atmore on March 23rd, 2011 9:42 am

    Good for the judge! Only problem is he may end up on serving 3 or 4 years if that long…maybe he will learn his lesson! Sad for innocent animals that people do these kinds of things to!

  35. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 8:58 am

    @william- Im pretty sure murder carries a life sentence. Manslaughter doesnt. It all comes down to whether there is a plea bargain or not. If the state doesnt have enough eveidence they will plea it out. I believe this guy agreed to a plea of ten years.

  36. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 8:56 am

    @ atmore and common sense- Your idiots. Nowhere has anyone said that a dogs life is worth more than a humans. Your just trying to twist things to help proove your idiotic side to the argument. Whether you agree or not, These are lives that they are taking. I, just like everyone else, believe that a human life taken decerves the death penalty also. I will also say that my Pitbulls are better than most of the people Ive met! And to try to use “dr. doolittle” as a comparison is just sad. Your the real comedy here!

  37. william on March 23rd, 2011 8:52 am

    Im totally against dog fighting, but my question is,what have we started? you actually get more time for killing an animal than, you do human.whats human life
    worth now

  38. why:? on March 23rd, 2011 8:36 am

    I agree with Name
    At that other post that person needs to understand that my money is my money
    and if i want to spend it on my dog or my shoes it is none of her business.

  39. :) on March 23rd, 2011 8:36 am

    Thank God! One less creep out injurying defenseless babies!

  40. concerned citizen on March 23rd, 2011 8:26 am

    It is really sick that some people will actually pay to watch an dog being maimed or killed by another dog.. It really makes me wonder what kind of society are we living in now.. I have no sympathy for this man..

  41. Name (required) on March 23rd, 2011 8:16 am


    You do realize that Dr. Doolittle was not real right? Those animals were not really talking…. we have a responsibility as humans to practice humanity… when we give up on that we cease to be humans.

    This man made a choice to be inhumane. Choices have consequences… yes it is a strange idea in today’s society but it is real.

  42. Dog Lover on March 23rd, 2011 8:10 am

    Dog fighting is so hard to watch. I can’t see how anyone could get pleasure from watching it. Yes,commonsense, I do baby and spend money on my animals and am not shame because I do. Maybe one day an animal can touch your heart or heal your emotional wounds.

  43. commonsence on March 23rd, 2011 7:34 am

    It’s sad we put more focus on a DOG than Human Life. This man will spend more time in Jail than the life expectance of a Dog. We value a dog’s life more than a Human. Have you ever watch “Dr. Dolittle”? Imagine if animals were to take over we could not survive. People give there dogs better Funerals than people, better Medical attention, Birthday Parties, Better Cloths, even Millioms of dollars. HOW STUPID. Animal Society should go around and do there JOB and get rid of all the Strays in the area’s where we live. STUPID, plain STUPID.

  44. Name (required) on March 23rd, 2011 7:28 am

    I am thankful this man has been sentenced and will spend some time unable to abuse animals like this.

    I DO wish they would arrest and charge all the participants… there should be a penalty for participation in these ‘events’.

    Might be useful if all these ‘fans’ of this garbage received some of the consequence for their actions…

  45. David Huie Green on March 23rd, 2011 7:13 am

    “Anyway, he saw all kinds of animals in Heaven too.
    There’s going to be a lot of explaining a lot of people are gonna have to do to St. Peter to get past the Pearly Gates. I’m happy to say I won’t be one of those unfortunate souls”

    And yet scripture says dogs don’t go there, if I’m interpreting Ecclesiastes 3:19-21 right.

    And you say you won’t face Peter? Well, at least you won’t be surprised like Jesus says so many others will.

    David for surety

  46. Animal Lover on March 23rd, 2011 6:44 am

    I feel this acitivity is still going on– why would anyone want to own five or six pit bulls at one time? Leaving them tied out in the back yard? Those aren’t family pets, if you don’t spend time with them and it’s not like its a rough neighbothood either. I don’t understand how persons who own that number of large dogs with the rising food prices, can afford them. I’m pretty sure not one of them has a city license or shots.

  47. walnuthill girl on March 23rd, 2011 6:30 am

    I’m with Joe and bjay on this finally…no animal deserves this,,,this people need to be put away and then made to do some rough things(I’m being nice). I’m an animal lover it doesn’t matter what kind and just cant see someone watching the poors dogs hurting and enjoying it….this dogs are beautiful animals and don’t have to fight I had one that was the sweetest thing you could have and I would not have not even thought about putting her throught this but that is just me…take care of your pets they are GODS CREATURES…….

  48. art on March 23rd, 2011 6:11 am

    jail is way too good for the likes of him and his buddies. escambia alabama is doing a good job of cleaning up and we can do the same over in florida. our judges need to send the message that criminal activity like this will not be tolerated or condoned.

  49. N.H.F. on March 23rd, 2011 6:05 am

    Sick Humans, Should be Given Life !

  50. OldMarine on March 23rd, 2011 4:39 am

    Good Job Judge ,

    The man is without a heart

  51. Animal Lover on March 23rd, 2011 3:29 am

    Did anyone else see the little 11 year old boy on the news that has written a book about his experience when he was almost 4 and he almost died? He went to Heaven and saw God and Jesus, a sister he didn’t know he had, and his great grandfather he had never seen. Anyway, he saw all kinds of animals in Heaven too.

    There’s going to be a lot of explaining a lot of people are gonna have to do to St. Peter to get past the Pearly Gates. I’m happy to say I won’t be one of those unfortunate souls.

  52. atmore on March 23rd, 2011 3:28 am

    10 years for fighting a dog ”get real” most people get less time doing worst things than that. the system is all screwed up and crazy.

  53. bjay on March 23rd, 2011 1:46 am

    Finally a decent prison sentence for someone who murders dogs! I would have liked to see a life sentence but this will work. lol

  54. Joe on March 23rd, 2011 1:29 am

    I am glad justice is being served here. those dogs do not deserve to be treated like this. what is the deal with people wanting to fight dogs?

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