Dog-fighting – 50 people charged-Monday, Jul 14, 2008

Dog-fighting – 50 people charged
Detroit, MI (US)

Incident Date: Monday, Jul 14, 2008
County: Wayne

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

Upcoming Court Dates:
» Tuesday, Jul 15, 2008: arraignment

More than 50 people were arrested and $27,000 in cash was seized early this morning after Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies raided a dogfight on Detroit’s east side.

Wayne County Sheriff Wayne Evans said two dozen deputies, including the Sheriff’s Special Response Team, as well as federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Michigan Humane Society officers were acting on a tip when they raided the dogfight being held at 12:30 a.m. Monday inside a two-car garage in the 200 block of Nevada between Woodward and John R.

Two pit bull terriers had just started to fight when officers stormed the garage and broke up the match. Evans said officers were able to catch most of the patrons and the suspected fight promoters. A total of 53 people were arrested, including three juveniles under 17 who were turned over to their parents.

One dog was injured and being treated by the Humane Society. Another injured pit bull was carried off by its owner, who was stopped and arrested by deputies. The dog was shot after it bit one of the deputies, then ran away. As of Monday evening, the wounded dog was still loose.

Spectators and the fight’s ring leaders face felony animal fighting charges that carry up to four years in prison if they are convicted. Four people identified as organizers could face additional fines and community service if convicted.

The raid is significant because it is the first conducted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Evans’ five years there. It is also significant because organizers, dog owners and spectators usually operate in such secrecy that it is difficult for law enforcement to be in position to break up a fight in action.

“It’s unfathomable that so many would pay to witness such an inhumane display,” Evans said. “Worse, this seems to have become, for many, a legitimate and normal form of entertainment.”

Dog fight fans are privately contacted, the sheriff said, and brought to the undisclosed location for the fight. The event is run like a boxing match, with a pre-fight weigh-in.

A portion of the $27,000 in cash seized came from a $65 cover charge organizers assessed on spectators. The largest portion of the money is believed to have come from wagers put on the dogs by their owners and spectators. Deputies also seized three handguns as well as small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in 36th District Court in Detroit.


Detroit Free Press – July 14, 2008

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