Five people face 4th degree felony charges for dog fighting in Cincinnati

Five people face 4th degree felony charges for dog fighting in Cincinnati

 

July 23,2012:

(Updated July 25,2012) Cincinnati, Ohio- A dog is still on the loose in Cincinnati’s West Price Hill neighborhood, and five people remain in police custody facing 4th degree felony charges for dog fighting after a raid done by Cincinnati police Tuesday afternoon.

Cincinnati Police were called to a vacant house around 1:30p after a tip from a woman in the neighborhood. The woman reported that she saw dogs and people  going in and out of the house, knowing the building was vacant, suspected there was dog fighting going on inside.

The officers who where first on the scene reported the sounds of dogs and cheering coming from inside the home, one person broke a window and attempted to flee the scene to escape police- but was apprehended along with four others inside the home.

Officers found two  dogs in the house-one in the basement and one in a front living room. The dog who was found in the basement had wounds consistent with dog fighting, according to police.  The dog who was found upstairs  was frightened and bit an SPCA worker when it was approached, and escaped into the neighborhood. Hamilton County Animal Contro/SPCA is still looking for that dog.

The charge in Hamilton County, Ohio for dog fighting is a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine; the suspects are expected to appear in Hamilton County Municipal Court today.

More details will follow as they are released.

Story courtesy: Cincinnati Local 12

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