Saturday, December 11, 2010

Police uncover possible dog fighting ring

From ABC 2 News

Baltimore City Police conducted a drug raid in the 2200 block of Edgemont Avenue Saturday night that has yielded several suspected dog fighting victims. Six pit bull terrier mixed dogs were seized, all with bite wounds. According to a release sent by the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) several of the dogs have severe scarring and one arrived at the shelter with bleeding wounds and inflammation.
The dogs ages range from a puppy that us only approximately 3-months-old to older dogs. All of the dogs are very underweight with their ribs and spine clearly visible.
Police confiscated paraphernalia associated with training dogs for fighting, including a treadmill with attachments for a harness, a bite ball and heavy chains.
The dogs have all been placed in the care of BARCS, and staff describes them as being friendly.
“It is heart breaking to see beautiful, friendly dogs with such severe wounds and knowing what they were put through, said BARCS Executive Director Jennifer Brause.
“The dogs will not be available for adoption until investigations have been resolved. In the meantime, our dedicated staff will treat their wounds, shower them with love and attention, and provide the best possible care.”
Donations to support veterinary treatment for these dogs, as well as other sick and injured shelter animals can be made to the shelter’s Franky Fund. Donations can be made online at www.BaltimoreAnimalShelter.org .
BARCS also accepts donations at the shelter during our business hours (Mondays through Fridays 2 pm to 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 am to 4 pm) or by mail to: BARCS The Franky Fund, 301 Stockholm Street, Baltimore MD 21230.

Update December 19, 2010 4:15pm - The following article is from ABC 2 News:

Police charge 4 in dog fighting ring

Each charged with 42 counts of cruelty

Baltimore City Police have charged four individuals in connection with a dog fighting ring that was uncovered during a drug raid.

Jessica Deans, Donta Burrus, Melvin Fuller and Alfred Dorsey have each been charged with 42 counts of Animal Cruelty.
Police initially responded to the 2300 block of Edgemont Avenue for a drug raid when they found overwhelming evidence of dog fighting.
Officers observed a full size treadmill with a red wooden box built around and secured to the base of the treadmill, attached to the box were chains that are commonly used to attach a dog leash and collar.
Upon entering the house, an officer observed a male pitbull and a brown female pitbull behind a fence with no food or water in the yard. Both of the dogs were described as being very thin with their spin and ribs protruding. Both dogs had scars covering their faces, and the female had her ears removed.
Once in the basement of the home a black and white female pitbull was discovered confined withing a makeshift crate, also with no food or water. This dog also had an open and bloody wound on her neck.
Officers also found a fourth dog in the basement in the same crate. The dog was attempting to take shelter in the bottom of a filing cabinet. He had what was described as an unusually large face with a great deal of scars and open wounds. No food was available for him either.
Also while in the basement officers discovered a fifth black female pitbull who was secured to a piece of metal weight lifting apparatus, by a heavy link chain that was held in place by cinder blocks. Due to the short chain this dog was forced to sit, stand and sleep in fecal matter. No food or water was found near the dog. She also suffered from many scars and cropped ears.
The sixth and final dog was being kept in the front of the basement. The final dog was a white pitbull puppy. The puppy was secured to a bed box spring by a large link chain. No food or water was available for the puppy either.
There was a couple of buckets of water in the basement, however, they were all frozen.

Related articles:
Police find suspected dog fighting ring - Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Police Seize 6 Dogs During Drug Raid - WBAL
Baltimore police uncover possible dog fight ring - WTOP  
Police investigate possible dogfighting ring - Washington Examiner
BARCS Cares For Possible Victims of Dog Fighting - Examiner  
Possible Dog Fight Ring - WMDT
Suspected dog fighting ring in Baltimore? - Washington Post  
Regional Digest - The Capital
City police investigate suspected dog fighting ring - Baltimore Sun 

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