Horry County police continue dog fighting investigation, three Loris men charged

Horry County police charged three more Loris area men with animal fighting based on a police officer’s discovery of a cell phone that contained photos of dogs fighting, according to authorities.

Police have isolated the charges to one incident, but officers continue to investigate if the men were involved in a dog fighting ring and if other incidents had occurred, according to authorities Two dogs were identified in the incident, but they have not been located.

Quentin A. Jackson, 29, Teontric Saqiwina Jackson, 20, and Eric Rashad Squires, 21, all of Loris were each charged with animal fighting or baiting and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Thursday evening, according to jail records. The men are each being held on $10,000 bond.

The charges stemmed from a cell phone being found Sept. 30 by an Horry County police officer on the road in the Cedar Branch community, which is between Loris and Longs, according to police reports.

Thursday’s arrests were the latest following the photos being found. Additional suspects have been identified in the photos, Horry County police Sgt. Robert Kegler said.

A day after the phone was found, Horry County police charged Leon D.Green, 23, and Byron J. Jackson, 19, both of Loris, with animal fighting after they were identified by pictures found on the phone. Green and Jackson were each released from jail Oct. 2 on $5,000 bail, according to jail records.

The report said that after the officer found the cell phone on Cedar Branch Road, he looked through to try to locate the owner when he saw pictures of what appeared to be dogs fighting. Further investigation by other officers was able to identify Green and Jackson as two of the men in the photo.

The men live in the “same general area” of each other, but Kegler said it was unclear if they were involved in a dog fighting ring or if it was an isolated incident.

“We have evidence of one incident,” Kegler said and noted it occurred in the areas of Paddock Road and Turkey Pen Road near the Loris community.

It is unclear if the dog fighting activities are still active in the community. Police continue to investigate, Kegler said. Two dogs were involved and one was identified as a Pit Bull, while the breed of the other was unknown. Police have not located the dogs.

Officers are working to identify two other people seen in the photos from the phone, so it is unclear if more arrests will be made, Kegler said.

A check with the State Law Enforcement Division showed that two of the men have prior criminal records, two did not have prior criminal records in South Carolina and Teontric Jackson’s records could not be checked, according to authorities.

Quentin Jackson was convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature in April 2002 and sentenced to four years in jail, which was suspended upon his completion of 30 months on probation and pay $10,000 restitution, according to the SLED records check. He also was sentenced to 13 years in jail in January 2006 after being convicted of two counts of second-degree burglary.

The records also showed Quentin Jackson had been charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, armed robbery, five drug possession charges and failing to stop for police, but those charges were dismissed, according to the records.

Green also had previous charges and was convicted in November 2010 of second-degree assault and battery and sentenced to three years in prison, but that was suspended upon his completion of three years on probation, according to records.

Eric Rashad Squires and Byron James Jackson did not have prior criminal records, according to SLED records.