Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fighting pit bulls seized in Plant City, officials say

From Plant City Courier & Tribune

A Plant City man was arrested this afternoon and eight pit bull dogs used in a dog-fighting ring seized from his home, Hillsborough County Animal Services said. James Craig Jenkins Jr., 32, faces 22 charges, including felony animal cruelty.
At least half of the pit bulls seized were used in a dog-fighting ring that stretched from Miami to New Jersey, officials said.
Investigators also have seized drugs, stolen guns and cash from the home, located at 1301 Peregrine Drive, Plant City.
The agency has been investigating the case for two years.
Jenkins, an unemployed truck driver, may face more charges, said Marti Ryan, an animal services spokeswoman. The dogs are being evaluated, she said.

Update July 27, 2010 7:49pm - The above article has been updated to include the following:

The drugs are used to nurse and treat the wounds of injured dogs and to give them energy to fight, Ryan said. Investigators found records of fights Jenkins officiated, with some fights lasting more than an hour, Ryan said.
James Jenkins
Video of dogfights were also found in the home, she said.
"These videos are painfully graphic," Ryan said. "It's difficult to watch; it's difficult to listen to."

Pictures of the dogs 

Update July 28, 2010 9:59pm - The following article is by Neil Johnson, The Tampa Tribune:
 
Man faces 22 dogfighting charges

A man arrested Tuesday afternoon on 22 charges related to dogfighting was released from jail Wednesday after posting $45,000 bail.
Six adult pit bulls and two hound-mix puppies were seized when James Craig Jenkins Jr., 32, was arrested at his Plant City home, Hillsborough County Animal Services said.
Jenkins faces 24 charges, Hillsborough County Jail records show. All except two relate to dogfighting.
The charges include having equipment for animal fighting and possession of animals for fighting, records show. He also faces two misdemeanor drug charges.
Some of the dogs had missing teeth, puncture wounds, skin issues and neurological damage, said Marti Ryan, an Animal Services spokeswoman.
The pit bulls will be evaluated by a team trained to assess fighting dogs before a decision is made about whether they can be adopted. Seized fighting dogs are not automatically euthanized, Ryan said.
Investigators also seized animal medications, stolen guns and cash from the home, at 1301 Peregrine Drive.
Jail records show no charges related to the guns.
The medications are used to nurse and treat the wounds of injured dogs and to give them energy to fight, Ryan said.
Investigators found records of fights Jenkins officiated, with some fights lasting more than an hour, Ryan said.
Video of dog fights were also found in the home, she said.
"These videos are painfully graphic," Ryan said. "It's difficult to watch; it's difficult to listen to."
The agency has been investigating the case for two years.
Jenkins is an unemployed truck driver, Ryan said.

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