Friday, July 29, 2011

Man Charged For Trying to Sell 'Face Fighting' Pit Bull

From NBC Chicago

Al “Boogie” Clemons crossed state lines to try and sell the dog-fighting pit bull for $1,500, police said

A Wisconsin man was being held on $30,000 bond for trying to sell a pit bull in Illinois for dogfighting, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.
Al “Boogie” Clemons, 54, of Racine, Wis., was charged after he tried to sell the 41-pound female pit bull to an undercover officer.
Cook County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit received word earlier this month that Clemons wanted to sell the dog. When the undercover officer contacted him, Clemons said the pit bull had already won two dogfights and that she had a bloodline of champions.
In the last fight, Clemons said the dog fought for 45 minutes but ultimately won. Her fighting style, he said, is known as "face fighting," or attacking the heads and faces of opponent dogs.
Clemons and the undercover officer agreed on a $1,500 fee. They met on July 26 at Miller Meadows Forest Preserve in unincorporated Maywood where Clemons tried showing the dog's fighting skills. He was arrested, and the pit bull was turned over to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge.
Clemons' next court date is July 28 in Maywood.

Update July 31, 2011 - The following article is from WTSP:
 
Wisconsin man caught in sting trying to sell dog for fights

A man came all the way from Wisconsin to sell his pit bull for dogfighting, and he likely won't be going home anytime soon.
Al "Boogie" Clemons, 54, of Racine, Wis., was charged earlier this week with selling a dog for the purpose of fighting, a felony. His bond was set at $30,000 on Wednesday, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.
Sheriff's police were tipped off that Clemons was trying to sell a 41-pound female pit bull to use in fights. An undercover officer called Clemons, who allegedly told him the dog had already won two fights and had a bloodline of champions, the sheriff's office said.
Clemons allegedly described the dog's style as "face fighting," that is, she would attack the head and face of her opponent in a fight to leave the other dog incapacitated. Clemons offered $1,500 for the dog, and agreed to deliver it on Tuesday.
Clemons arrived with the dog as promised at the Miller Meadows Forest Preserve just outside Maywood, sheriff's police said. He met the undercover officer in the forest preserve, but before going ahead with the sale, he displayed the pit bull's fighting skills by "rolling" her on a chain with another fighting dog nearby, sheriff's police said.
The sheriff's office released surveillance video of the meeting.
Before one of the dogs got hurt, the undercover officer dispatched police and Clemons was arrested.
The dog is now in the custody of the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge. Clemons was to return to court for a preliminary hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood Friday, according to the sheriff's office.

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