More than 80 canines have been rescued and 10 males arrested in Suffolk County on Monday for one of many largest dog fighting ring takedowns in New York State historical past.
The dog fighting operation spanned from Long Island, New York City, Connecticut and Massachusetts, and included breeding, coaching and unlawful fighting of pit bulls, an investigation by a number of native, county and state regulation enforcement companies revealed.
The investigation, which started in early 2021, revealed that the defendants put together pups as younger as six months previous for apply fights or “rolls” to decide their fighting potential. Throughout their grownup lives, the canines have been topic to merciless residing situations and compelled to practice voraciously for fights,
Once a dog was deemed ready to struggle, a “broker” would manage primarily based on the dog’s peak and weight, officers mentioned. A prepared opponent would pay a buy-in payment or “forfeit” to enter their dog into the struggle, officers mentioned. The victorious dog proprietor would obtain the entire winnings.
Others would wager on the outcomes of the violent fights, through which the canines could be critically injured or killed. Dogs that have been critically injured or underperformed have been killed by the defendants, the investigation discovered.
The defendants would additionally become profitable breeding and promoting canines deemed to have good fighting genes.
Nine residents in Suffolk County, three in Nassau County and one in Brooklyn have been searched on July 31 and Aug. 1, the place 81 canines have been rescued. An further eight canines have been rescued in Connecticut.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped within the restoration of the canines, who have been present in terrible residing situations in basements, garages and sheds. Some had no meals or water.
“Many of the dogs displayed various medical conditions consistent with dogfighting, including scarring and broken teeth, and were exhibiting fearful behavior,” the DA’s workplace mentioned.
Searches revealed disturbing dog-fighting paraphernalia, in accordance to officers, together with “rape stands,” used to immobilize feminine canines for bredding, pores and skin staplers, steroids and dietary supplements, units used to electrocute canines, “break sticks” used to break up fights, and dog coaching tools like treadmills.
The ten defendants, whose ages vary from 32-80, every face a most sentence of up to 4 years in jail, a wonderful of up to $25,000, or each, officers mentioned. One defendant faces up to 20 years for added drug possession costs.
A particular grand jury will examine the case, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini mentioned, to make future authorized suggestions on efficient animal cruelty prevention.
“The Special Grand Jury will be considering recommendations we can make to strengthen the laws on animal cruelty and further protect animals from this kind of senseless abuse,” he mentioned. “We need to hold these bad actors accountable for their violent actions and these crimes need to be treated seriously under our law.”
“We will not tolerate these types of crimes – crimes that injure and, in many cases, result in the death of vulnerable animals,” Sini said in a statement. “Many of us have canines as pets in our houses and we love them as one other member of the family. This case is about how a legal community bred canines, tortured them, and put them in critical hurt’s means simply to make a buck.
“These arrests represent a significant blow to dogfighting, certainly here on Long Island and we believe it will have impacts throughout the Northeast.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea chipped in saying “The NYPD will continue to enforce the laws that protect animals and ensure those who abuse them are brought to justice.”
Elizabeth Brandler, Senior Counsel for ASPCA Legal Advocacy & Investigations and “This brutal case involving dozens of victimized animals demonstrates that dogfighting persists in each nook of America, requiring that we stay diligent in our effort to eradicate animal fighting throughout the nation.
“We are grateful that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and Suffolk County Police Department chose to work with us on this complex case and for their commitment to stopping these despicable crimes, rescuing the animals involved, and bringing the perpetrators to justice.”