The two small Malteses they kept near were free to roam the house, while their pit bulls stood in waste inside elevated 4-foot by 8-foot boxes, according to Hillsborough County Animal Services.
The adult pit bulls — with prominent bite marks and gashes — were raised for fighting, investigators say.
The Sheriff's Office arrested Roland Sims, 34, Tuesday on eight counts of owning dogs for fighting, three counts of fighting animals, three counts of breeding fighting dogs, two charges of cruelty to animals and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Monday, acting on an anonymous tip, an investigator for animal services visited 1319 N Taylor Road, where he discovered four dogs with scars consistent with dog fighting, according to a Sheriff's Office report. When the investigator returned with a search warrant and Sheriff's deputies the next day, three of the dogs had been removed.
One red male pit bull with injuries on his face and front legs remained. They also discovered two ailing pit bull puppies. The dogs were kept in elevated boxes, which had slats on the bottom so that feces and urine could drop below, according to Sgt. Pam Perry with animal services. The cages were hosed down with the dogs inside, she said.
Animal services plans to ask a court to prevent Sims or his wife, Clarencia April Gordon, from keeping dogs.
Sims admitted to deputies that he bred and sold the dogs for fighting, according the Sheriff's Office report. Authorities confiscated the two Malteses along with the pit bulls.
"We've got custody of the animals right now," Perry said. "We don't want him to own any animals again."
- Brandon man Roland Sims arrested on dog fighting charges - WTSP