Thursday, October 7, 2010

Phoenix pair accused of running dog-fighting ring

By Brealyn Nenes, The Arizona Republic

Two Phoenix residents were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of running an illegal dog-fighting ring at their home north of South Mountain, according to a news release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Thursday.
Jesus Fernandez, 36, and Felisha Fierro, 35, are accused of having 11 pit bulls at their home in the 400 block of West Mirada Drive, as well as marijuana and devices used to restrain, alienate and strengthen the dogs for fighting, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's animal cruelty detectives said the suspects could face two felony charges, including keeping or training animals to engage in engage in exhibition to fight another animal, and causing animals to fight for amusement.
Detectives began investigating reports of animal cruelty after they followed up on information they received in September of this year, leading up to the arrests.
All 11 dogs were later taken for evidence. There, the animals will be cared for by female inmates until the case is finished in the court system.

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