Tracy residents face dog fighting charges
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Law enforcement officials reported removing 12 dogs from this house at 2386 Lighthouse Circle that were allegedly used in dog fighting. The house had no cars parked in front or in the driveway on Friday, April 5.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Law enforcement officials reported removing 12 dogs from this house at 2386 Lighthouse Circle that were allegedly used in dog fighting. The house had no cars parked in front or in the driveway on Friday, April 5. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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MANTECA — Three Tracy residents face dog fighting charges after they were arrested Wednesday, April 3, at their homes.

Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, are charged with aiding, permitting and training a fighting dog.

Kenneth Baldwin and Gracie Baldwin, husband and wife, face additional charges of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possession of hash oil.

Brewer faces additional charges of being a felon allegedly in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to Sgt. Jason Ramos, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriffs Office, the defendants have ties to those allegedly involved in a “massive” dog fighting operation that was raided by officers in Benton County, Mississippi, on March 31.

According to reports, nearly 50 people were arrested in Mississippi at the site of an alleged dog fight, and Ramos said Kenneth Baldwin was allegedly one of the 100 or so people who escaped during the Mississippi raid.

Officers from the Sacramento and Placer County Sheriff’s Department and officials of the Humane Society of the United States conducted the raids in Tracy.

Ramos confirmed that the Baldwins were arrested at 2386 Lighthouse Circle, and Brewer at 2105 Elsie Way.

Ramos said officers seized a dozen dogs from the Baldwin residence — “mostly pit bulls, definitely fighting dogs,” according to Ramos. Two were found at Brewer’s house.

“I heard from the animal control guy that they (the dogs) displayed signs, some of them, of having been involved in fighting,” Ramos said. “He said their injuries were consistent with what they normally see (in fighting dogs).”

The defendants were arraigned in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court on Friday, April 5, on their charges.

Superior Court Judge James Cadle appointed public defender Berthier “Butch” Maciel to represent Kenneth Baldwin and attorney Jay Alan Childs to represent Gracie Baldwin.

Attorney Jesse Garcia was present but refused to say if Brewer hired him.

Maciel asked the judge to releasing Kenneth Baldwin without bail, saying Baldwin was the single financial provider for five children and that he was promised a janitors job upon his release.

Cadle denied Maciel’s request but lowered the bail of both Baldwins to $500,000 from $1.4 million. Brewer’s bail was set at $200,000.

All three defendants were ordered back to Manteca court at 8:30 a.m. on April 10 for further arraignment.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the defendants remained in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp.

After Friday’s court hearing, a woman who identified herself as Kenneth Baldwin’s mother, Deborah Baldwin, said her son loves dogs.

“He’s always been a dog lover,” she said. “He breeds dogs — he doesn’t fight them.”

She said her son breeds pit bulls in Tracy and that he only had 10 dogs at the time of his arrest. She said the dogs ranged in age from adults to puppies.

The dogs seized in Tracy are in the custody of Sacramento County Animal Control, and are expected to be evaluated to see if they are suitable for adoption, Ramos said.

Though her group isn’t handling the dogs, Mary Debusschere, vice president of Tracy-area animal rescue operation Friends of Canines Animal Rescue, called the scenario “our worst nightmare.”

“I’m glad the police department is actually taking the time to stop that,” she said. “I’m pleased to see support to go after these people. I don’t understand that sport.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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LuckyInTracyNot
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April 11, 2013
Learn to let it go backinblack, you're obsessed with the matter of complaining if it does not fit your approval, I have seen other instances with others commenting. I mean really who cares and getting a last word is your life. So now I refuse to keep a argument going with you, undoubtedly you'll have something to say about this and I was surprised you were not a woman because you are annoying.

Rot in hell animal abusers!
backinblack
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April 11, 2013
LITN, Not that you weren't already there but with your last comment you are now among the ranks of those who just don't get it, and those who make assumptions without reason. To wit:

I'm a man, if you have paid any attention over the last 7 or 8 years you would know that little fact.

"If anyone says anything she'll be on the TP case faster than a broken lead in a pencil...."

Wrong, and because you think it's ok for profanity laced comments to stay up on this site to me you are really no better than the accused in this story. You may not be out there committing crimes but your attitude makes you a contributor to the moral decay our society is going through.

It is not ok to use profanity on this website or for that matter any public forum. I curse but I keep it within the circle of people I know and if it's someone who finds it offensive I make sure to not do it in front of them. Get it?

Doing something in the privacy of your home is one thing, I could care less if baldwins daughter and her family use profanity in their home or amongst their friends, relatives, etc, but this is not the place for it. Get it?

cont....

backinblack
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April 11, 2013
I find it sad there's people in this world, apparently many of whom comment on this site, who cannot make a point, voice an opinion, or debate an issue without resorting to profanity or personal attacks. If we lived in a more educated and civil society TP would not have to post rules, people would know better.

The First Amendment? Sorry, but it has limitations, why do you think we have libel & slander laws? It seems most of the people who scream about their First Amendment rights or censorship are the ones who are the biggest offenders. It's too bad people don't have to pass an IQ test or show they can write at least one lucid paragraph before being allowed to post comments.

During the 08 presidential campaign Obama said he was embarrassed French people could speak English but few Americans could speak French, I ripped him for the comment. If he would have said he's embarrassed by the declining level of civil public discourse in this country and the ghetto speak permeating our youth, I would have applauded him.

You go ahead and continue to walk amongst the sheep who accept the decline in civility, I'll continue to do what I can in my little part of the world to strive for a higher standard. One day if you can get your priorities straight maybe you'll see I'm not the bad guy here.

By the way, I've flown off the handle in the past and crossed the line with a comment here & there -always in response to a personal attack and never as the instigator or with profanity. I believe she's gone but I called Sherri at TP to have some of those comments pulled so I apply the same standard to myself as I like to see from others.

lisamac17
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April 10, 2013
This breaks my heart. I do not understand how people can be so cruel to another living thing. I sure hope they never see freedom again and I really hope the dogs can be adopted out to loving homes as they so richly deserve. Animals should be a part of your family. If you cannot do that, stay away and let a loving person give them the life they deserve. ALL dogs are born to love unconditionally, it's scum that change that.
backinblack
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April 10, 2013
LMLM, No worries.
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 10, 2013
Yeah LMLM, backinblack has your back, she is part of the editorial/blog police. If anyone says anything she'll be on the TP case faster than a broken lead in a pencil and have it sharpened and tell you how awful you are at the same time pointing how much power she wealds. But whatever. Not to get away from the original reason we are all here, to show our dislike for animal abuse and hope the animals are going to be taken care of. I still can not understand people who do such horrible things to animals. Maybe they'll lock them in a cage with a hungry wolf if they like violence and see how fear felt to them dogs and bait dogs.
elisach
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April 09, 2013
These three people is what is wrong with our society today. They are the sole foundation of its decay. Doing this to helpless dogs is worse than disgusting, it is something only a devil would glorify in doing. The dogs were in a hell and supervised by three devils who lived in our town. May peace be with these animals and may the courts prosecute the three to the fullest extent of the law. How can they even show their face after doing that.
cornerstoneshopper
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April 09, 2013
In most states, it is against the law (and often a felony) even to attend a dog fighting event, regardless of direct participation. According to authorities, dog fighting is increasingly practiced by gangs, and is linked to other unlawful activities, such as illegal gambling. It is now law that if one simply attends a dog fight is guilty as the others participating or promoting it.

We hope you are liking the accommodations in jail you losers. There is reasons why you are not treated badly in jail as it would be looked upon as cruel punishment. You get the good part of being caged, treated even much better than the small innocent animals that you tortured and terrified for your own thrills. You and your friends are some very sick and twisted people. I am hoping the judge and jury have as much mercy upon you as you did with the dogs you terrorized. Who's the bitches now and does it feel sickos?
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 09, 2013
I hope the TP does a follow up story to these freaks, also the other freak. For a married couple who have it so rough they have no business living out in a well to do place like Hidden Lake, it makes one wonder how they were paying their rent or mortgage. Maybe through profits of their dog fighting business or possible drugs. How did they go with that many dogs living in that house? I was told that there is a homeowners association that is seriously enforced there, if anyone knows Id like to hear about it. I did see a lady on the Channel 13 news who lived next door to them and she said the homeowners failed them completely and that she was so happy to see them finally get busted.
victor_jm
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April 10, 2013
LuvMyLifeMore,

I have had experience with the personnel of Animal Control. They are also subtly complicit in this affair, but few of us will recognize this. They are in the business of propagating themselves and propagating too many animals. I live in a neighborhood where 15 dogs live among five houses. With a larger shelter, there will be more animals to pimp, but this is the government game.

backinblack
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April 09, 2013
LMLM, To help clear things up for you I'm at least one of the people who might be responsible for your original comment being pulled. However, yours must have been collateral as my problem was with the profanity laced comments from a daughter of the accused now posting as graysonah.

If you or anyone else wants to call me a jackass, whiner, or whatever else, go right ahead. LITN & Sneaky already intimated they had no problem with that type of language on this forum which I find just as pathetic as the alleged actions of the accused.

Rather than being criticized I should be applauded for stepping up and demanding a higher standard be upheld by TP and society in general. I don't recall what your comment contained and again, when I notified TP it was in specific regards to the daughters comments but apparently TP decided your was over the line.

Rather than whining about your comment being pulled and calling people you don't know jackasses, maybe it's time to review what you write. Not to bring up old issues but you now post under LMLM because you were banned after using the same colorful 4 letter word as baldwinsdaughter, remember that amlee?

cont............

backinblack
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April 09, 2013
I don't know how long you or some of the other people commenting here have been around, but I've been writing letters to TP - many of which were published, and commenting/debating on this website for about 7 years - before someone tells me to get a life, this is a nice distraction from 12 -13 hour work days.

Over that last 2-3 years I have gradually seen the level of discussion degenegrate into what is oft times ghetto speak with profanity, uneducated or ill-informed rambling, personal attacks, you name it. Basically comments which add nothing of substance to a discussion or society and do nothing more than demonstrate how far we've regressed as a society.

Personally I'd like to see TP shut down comment sections on stories like these as they always bring out the worst in people. Like I mentioned to LITN, the article and charges themselves give indication to what kind of people we're talking about. Do we really have to give family members a forum to defend the accused in public rather than letting the justice system handle it? Do we really need to have citizens posting comments which basically are an embarassement to the good citizens of Tracy? I sure as hell don't think so.

By the way, you contantly opine about wanting "scum" out of your neighborhood, why not wish that upon Tracy in general. I want to see our entire city cleansed from the miscreants, not just one area.

me-here
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April 09, 2013
I was surprised the Press allowed such a posting from the daughter....In addition to the profanity, if her lack of proper language is any indication of the education she has been receiving our children are being shortchanged by the education system.

She is a very disturbed child.
doors17
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April 09, 2013
BIB, I understand what you’re saying. I’ve noticed for example if someone drops the F bomb or inappropriate language and they do it during a weekday during regular business hours, it’s gone very quickly. Off hours or weekends it stays up for several hours unless any of us notify The Press or they see it. Obviously their budget doesn’t allow someone to moderate at all hours or a system in place that won’t allow a comment to be posted when certain words are used like SFGate has.

I don’t know this for sure, but that would be my guess.

PublicCitizen
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April 09, 2013
Nice mug shots...

It figures.
Golfinfool
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April 08, 2013
In the end the tables have been turned and the real animals are now in a cage......... Wonder how they would like to be in the position of fighting for their next meal in a live or die situation......... Would be poetic justice........
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 09, 2013
Very well put Golfinfool. They are the ones in the cage now. They say treat them like animals. People I know who treat animals treat them with love and care not with pain and terror or fear that these scumbags did with the intentions of a sick enjoyable dog fight.
MsScarlett
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April 08, 2013
Baldwin, Kenneth - (M/B) Age: 35

2386 Lighthouse Cir

Tracy , CA 95304-5889

Reported: 04/03/2013 by Crime Reporter: 7195 Crime Report #: 8846621 Source: San Joaquin SD

F PC273 Inflict Corporal Injury On Spouse/Cohabitant

F PC597.5(A) Possess/Train/Etc Fighting Dog

M PC597.5(B) Present At Dog Fight

M PC597.5(B) Present At Dog Fight

597.5(C)

F HS11358 Plant/Cultivate/Etc Marijuana/Hashish Residing in Crime Beat Zone: Tracy

ALSO ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER 2012

I hope and pray that everyone involved in this horrific abuse gets punished to the fullest extent of the law. Shame on all of you! I also hope that somehow the poor dogs involved find enough peace and love from caring responsible owners to wipe this nightmare out of their memories.
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 08, 2013
Inmate Name: BALDWIN, GRACIE ADIA

Aliases: MALDONADO, GRACI ADIA

Booking Number: 13-05984

Date of Birth: 03/13/1977

Gender: Female

Height: 5'03"

Weight: 141

Visiting: 24 Hour Lobby Visiting

Mailing Address:

Mailing Information BALDWIN, GRACIE ADIA / 13-05984

San Joaquin County Jail

999 West Mathews Road

French Camp, CA 95231

Booking Date/Time: 04/03/2013 at 05:17 PM

Projected Release Date: None Custody status change notification (VINELink®)

Arresting Agency: SAN JOAQUIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.

Type of Arrest: OPEN CHARGES

Charges/Bail:

Case# MF036170C (00) OPEN CHARGES - Bail: $1,416,000.00

HS 11358 Felony

PLANT/CULTIVATE/ETC MARIJUANA/HASHISH

PC 30305(A)(1) Felony

DESCRIPTION NOT AVAILABLE

PC 597.5(A)(1) Felony

POSSESS/TRAIN/ETC FIGHTING DOG

PC 597.5(A)(3) Felony

PERMIT/AID/ETC DOG FIGHTING/TRAINING



Case# Pending (01) OPEN CHARGES - Bail: $1.00

PC 1275 Felony

DESCRIPTION NOT AVAILABLE

PC 1275.1 Felony

DESCRIPTION NOT AVAILABLE





Total Bail: $1,416,001.00

Next Court Date: 04/10/2013 at 08:30 AM

Court Location & Department: Manteca Branch Dep
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 08, 2013
The talk is not too many people are caring about your idiotic low life cruel to animal parents anyway. I'm glad the TP put their mugs on the article and even more glad the authority's busted them. They should be ashamed of themselves treating innocent animals who "have or had" the same very rights as you and your idiot parents have from being subjected to terror and excruciating pain and not knowing what the hell is or was happening to them by no thanks to your family. All of your talk about being a loving family to dogs is really bizarre and not one of you, not one even attempted to stop this despicable cruel and unusual punishment towards these dogs. People like you is what makes our world evil because that is just what you are and how can you even look at a dog in the eyes knowing what your idiot heads of the house has done. God, what creepy people!
graysonah
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April 08, 2013
you guys are constantly speaking on my parents in a negative dont you know i am their daughter an i see this all day how do you think i feel while your speaking on my parents my family and i are going through enough stress as it and you guys dont know anything about my family just to be speaking on us saying you hope they rot what about us their children we loved those dogs we never fought them i have pictures of all this dogs holding loving and playing with they they selept in bed with me they all had names my fave was my dog joe . you guys are just horrible speaking on my parents you guys dont even know how i feel yes i did post on every comment with foul laguange but at the same time look what you guys are saying about my parents when my mom didnt do anything she is just his his wife . my father hasnt done anything thye took care of us our hour was lovely we had so many family parties in my house my parent ares love and kind and you guys are dogging them out like they dont have kids and family who see's this its just rude and i feel the like tracy press need to erase this news article you guys say my comments were bad ?! how do you think i feel about you speakingon my parents in a negative way ?? - baldwins daughter
jasonsstore
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April 08, 2013
@graysonah, so sorry you have to live through some life changes over some bad decisions your parents made. Certainly your mother knew of what was taking place and she should had put a stop to it, putting animals through hell is no laughing matter and like one post said he is sure it would still be happening today if your parents did not get caught. This was a major dogfighting operation and it doesn't sound consistent with someone who loves or cares for animals. Are you sorry because they got caught or are you sorry for the animals who were used as bait and tortured? Are you sorry for the dogs who were fighting each other and didn't know or understand what was happening to them while they were bleeding to death and in pain while confused as to why they were being subjected to this?

You should be happy that todays society is far more forgiving to people who do despicable things to innocent animals today than what they were fifty years ago because there are laws that protect even the most despicable people living amongst us today. Dog fighting ranks low on the totem pole of very bad things and there was a reason people ran from the police when they raided that so called gathering.
Golfinfool
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April 08, 2013
Apparently education wasn't a priority........ Reading your post is very difficult and should have been edited prior to posting....

BIGJOHNSON57
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April 09, 2013
So I guess u don't know what a pot plant looks like either, that used to be growing in your home.
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 08, 2013
http://wic.sjsheriff.org/WhosInCustody/InmateDetails.aspx?ID=ADD400713A726A861D99D0B5864EDA9E57BCC040987C054E7FC9797D24FF75FA6D518B058C3CC628A4

http://wic.sjsheriff.org/WhosInCustody/InmateDetails.aspx?ID=DBEAF5D2353E323607DB7407215798F58D2C5CE4CB3885258A35BDCCACE60F99118A699BFE40EBE79F
richardselma
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April 07, 2013
Mrbsturd I am hoping like you are. It is sad what happens in our nation, animals are abused by people who should not be allowed near them. Laws need to get tougher on animal abuse and cruelty and the laws need to speak for them. Dogs are mans best friend, a extended family and people love them. I don't know what possesses a individual to act so bizarre and cruel to innocent animals. My dog is my family and I would do anything to keep her safe or harmed by people like these two. There is no excuse to torture innocent dogs like this couple has done. I hope they are not lenient with them in court.
mrbsturd
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April 07, 2013
I hope the dogs are able to survive and be put in good homes. These people, are scum and whatever they receive for punishment will not be harsh enough. Thank God they were caught. What terrible role models they are for their children. I see one of their children coming to their defense. In response to that kid, it is NEVER ok to do that to animals no matter what you have been thru. Period. Your dad could have gotten that janitor job a wee bit sooner. Maybe collect welfare..maybe collect unemployment..maybe stand on a corner in front of Home Depot...Maybe grew some of his own food instead of pot...

He is not a nice person. Nice people dont do those things to animals no matter the money involved. So quit defending him/them.

backinblack
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April 07, 2013
"So quit defending him/them."

Please show where anyone is defending the accused.

LITN, I assume you are posting the links in an attempt to convince me of the heinous nature of dog fighting but I must ask, why? Have I given any indication I don't get it or feel sympathy for the accused?

You seem to be missing my point, once again and I don't know how else I can put it, I despise criminals especially those who harm the innocents.

My issue is with a family member, accused, or anyone else for that matter using profanity on a public forum, and you along with Sneaky being ok with it. Again I ask, what good does that do? The story and accusations are enough to form an opinion of what type of people the accused apparently are - if proven guilty.

I repeat, lowering yourself to their level is not necessary to get across your disdain for them. If these people are guilty I hope they fry, and as for the daughter who posted the profanity laced comments I hope she winds up in the place to which I bet she's destined.

By the away, I prefer to let the judicial system let the miscreants of society know what I'm thinking. As far as this forum, you pop off, they pop off, and all we get is a bunch of ghetto speak. Sorry, but trash talking is ghetto and I don't care who it's coming from.

graysonah
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April 08, 2013
i am that kid and my parents didnt do any thing they're are ACCUSED . so befroe you start speaking on my mom and dad know your fact its innocent until proven guilty right so you dont know any thing but what you hearing on media and news - baldwins daughter
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 07, 2013
Yonkers --- here backinblack. Here is how wide spread this disgusting behavior of cruelty is. Dog baiting, here you go.

YONKERS — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester is looking for the person who left an emaciated and neglected pit bull puppy for dead on a walkway after presumably using it as bait for fighting.

The New York State Humane Association is offering a reward of $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of whoever discarded the puppy in late March.

The puppy was found between Somerville Road and Edwards Place, officials from the SPCA of Westchester said.

The puppy, which appeared to be about 9 months old, is believed to have been injured while being used as a bait dog in a dogfighting ring.

LuckyInTracyNot
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April 07, 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/feds-make-50-arrests-massive-ms-dogfighting-bust

http://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/6181434-Police-bust-All-Star-dog-fighting-ring-in-Miss/

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57577307-504083/mississippi-dogfighting-ring-bust-feds-make-50-arrests-during-raid-report-says/

http://roseville-ca.patch.com/articles/massive-dogfighting-bust-leads-to-carmichael-man-s-arrest-placer-county-ties-suspected-as-well

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/21839040/20-dogs-seized-40-arrested-in-ms-dogfighting-raid?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8730362

Yonkers --- here backinblack. Here is how wide spread this disgusting behavior of cruelty is. Dog baiting, here you go.

YONKERS — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester is looking for the person who left an emaciated and neglected pit bull puppy for dead on a walkway after presumably using it as bait for fighting.

The New York State Humane Association is offering a reward of $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of whoever discarded the puppy in late March.

The puppy was found between Somerville Road and Edwards Place, officials from the SPCA of Westchester said.

The puppy, which appeared to be about 9 months old, is believed to have been injured while being used as a bait dog in a dogfighting ring.

LuckyInTracyNot
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April 07, 2013
I agree with your philosophy backinblack but, in certain cases, like this one, they should feel what some of if not most of the community is thinking, even if it is trash talking about their behavior which reflects who they really are and their character and insensitive disregard for innocent animals, growing their pot and having a firearm with ammunition when he or they are not allowed to be around any, can you say three strikes your out? My comments reflect the flip side of what they were condoning and involved with which was a huge dog-fighting-ring that spanned across our nation. I bet the animals they abused would have a few words for them all. This was a huge dog fighting organization and him and his wife got busted. I bet if he wasn't caught he would still be growing his pot, have their guns and they would both be abusing innocent dogs today. Just think what them poor animals felt. Do you know what 'bait dogs' are for? They are for dog fighting. These scumbags don't need to be around animals. Just think how many dogs they tortured.


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