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Spotsylvania - dog fighting investigation

twodogsandacat
October 29th, 2005, 12:44 PM
You may remember there was a fatal attack by numerous pitbulls in Spotsylvania last year. Well guess what, there is also dog fighting in Spotsylvania. Do you think there may be a link? I do. An animal control officer in London Ontario once stated that one of the reasons that London had dog bite issues is that dogs that were used in dog fighting made it into the 'system'. They may of been picked up, adopted out etc. Normally a dog agressive pit isn't necesarily agressive to humans in fact quite the opposite but I guess that depends on breeding, how you train them and of course many other factors. The death of the woman was tragic and it is good to see that authorities are investigating dog fighting.

By the way it is a felony conviction with a sentence up to five years. Not a mere six months as Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant see fit...the same amount of time somebody may get for owning a harmless pit bull puppy. Getting tough on crime? Not in Ontario. Kudos to Spotsylvania for investigating this.

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Spotsylvania officers seize 10 pit bull terriers

Animal control officers search property for dog-fighting evidence, confiscate puppies, adult dogs.

By BILL FREEHLING

Date published: 10/26/2005

By BILL FREEHLING

Ten American pit bull terriers were seized this week by Spotsylvania County animal control officers looking for evidence of illegal dog fighting.

The property at 7306 Plantation Forest Drive, off Courthouse Road near the county's governmental center, was searched Monday morning.

Jason Cook, a Spotsylvania animal control officer, said he got a warrant to search the property after two pit bulls got loose late last week and fought each other.

One of the two adult females was killed in the fight, Cook said. He said there have been complaints from neighbors, and property owner Charles Timothy Lomax has been convicted of letting his dogs run loose.

According to the search warrant affidavit, animal control officers were looking for any evidence of dog fighting--including dogs, treadmills and exercise equipment used to strengthen the animals, chains, vitamins, cameras used to record the fighting, awards and pedigrees.

Six pit bull puppies and four adult dogs were confiscated during the search. Cook said two of the adult dogs had scars on their faces.

All the animals were taken to the county shelter. They won't be adopted out, euthanized or returned until the investigation and any subsequent court hearings are finished.

Cook said no criminal warrants have been served, but the investigation is ongoing. The search warrant was issued for an investigation into fighting, animal cruelty, nuisance and dogs running at large.

In addition to the dogs, animal control officers seized chains, a spring pole sometimes used to exercise dogs, numerous medications, a computer, film, video and other records.

Cook said there is evidence of dog fighting occurring in Spotsylvania. State law makes that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Dangerous dogs have received a lot of attention in Spotsylvania since the March 8 mauling of 82-year-old county resident Dorothy Sullivan. She was walking her Shih Tzu, Buttons, when three roaming dogs attacked and killed her.

State legislators have since been working to strengthen Virginia's dangerous dog laws. Spotsylvania now posts a list of dangerous dogs on its Web site.

To reach BILL FREEHLING: 540/374-5424 bfreehling@freelancestar.com

Date published: 10/26/2005

pitbulliest
October 29th, 2005, 01:53 PM
When the F*** will Michael Bryant get his head out of his big smelly A**!?!?!
WHEN THE HECK IS ONTARIO FINALLY GOING TO UPDATE THEIR PIECE OF POOP ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION THAT IS BY THE WAY OVER 100 YEARS OLD?!
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET TOUGH ON ANIMAL ABUSERS?!!

WHEN ONTARIO WHEN?
WHEN MICHAEL DUMBRYANT WHEN!?