Police return second dog to Falcons player, girlfriend



LAWRENCEVILLE - The second pit bull belonging to Atlanta Falcon defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and girlfriend Blair Anderson was released back to the couple Thursday.

The couple's dog was taken into custody by Gwinnett County Animal Control Sunday after Babineaux was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly causing injuries that resulted in the death of the couple's second dog, Kilo, a 1-year-old pit bull mix.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said preliminary investigations indicated Kilo died Sunday of blunt force trauma to the head.

The uninjured dog was taken to the Animal Emergency Center of Gwinnett at 1956 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on Sunday after Anderson was called home by Babineaux to check on the dog and found Kilo injured. Moloney said the dog was pronounced dead at the animal hospital.

"Preliminary investigations indicate Kilo died due to blunt force trauma to the head," Moloney said. "Necropsy results are not expected until mid next week."

Moloney said police contacted Babineaux by phone Sunday and met with him at the animal hospital to question him about the incident.

The 25-year-old football player told police he was not responsible for the animal's death, Moloney said.

He said the other dog, Ace, was later released because authorities had no legal right to continue to hold the dog.

"We have to do what we are legally bound to do," he said.

Investigators are waiting for necropsy reports, which Moloney said are expected to determine the exact cause of death.

He said investigators believe Kilo had not been abused before the Sunday incident.