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Old October 26th, 2004, 02:58 PM
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3 Arrested For Alleged Pit Bull Fighting

OMAHA, Iowa -- Three people were arrested Monday for charges of felony dog fighting.

Kimberly Hansen, 19, Christener Lamb, 18, and Edward Vawser, 21, are in custody booked on three counts each of felony dog fighting and animal cruelty.

Animal control officers raided at house at 25th and Parker streets, in Omaha, and found three pit bulls. Two appeared to have injuries from fighting, authorities said, and one seemed to be malnourished. Animal control officers found blood on a door and on carpeting. They'll test it to see if it's dog blood.

"I have no doubt there was dog fighting going on there," said animal control officer Jay Wilson. "We found one that has infection to the neck, another with small wounds, the third one extremely underweight."

Three dogs that they allegedly abused are now in the hands of the humane society. If the suspects are convicted of the crimes, the dogs become the permanent property of the humane society. They will have to be destroyed, in that case, because the pound cannot adopt out dogs that have been taught to fight.

Dog fighting crimes can carry a punishment of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

If you would like to report dog fighting, call the Nebraska Humane Society tip line at (402) 444-7800.
Copyright 2004 by TheOmahaChannel.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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