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Cops put bite on dogfighting
AV Press

Man, wife arrested; 16 pit bulls, 1 Chihuahua taken

By JENNIFER SANTOS
and CHARLES F. BOSTWICK
Valley Press Staff

Thursday March 3, 2011

Cops put bite on dogfighting
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Man, wife arrested; 16 pit bulls, 1 Chihuahua taken

LAKE LOS ANGELES - A Lake Los Angeles couple was arrested and 16 pit bulls were taken away as evidence in an investigation prompted by a complaint to a dogfighting hotline, sheriff's officials said.
At the home in the 41000 block of 178th Street East, deputies said they found 16 dogs chained in the back yard; a disassembled portable fighting ring spattered with bloodstains in the garage; sutures, antibiotics, medical staple guns and other medical supplies; treadmills for exercising the dogs; and sticks for prying open fighting dogs' mouths when they locked their jaws on each other.

"Dogfighting is for two reasons: gambling and breeding to make money. It's all about money," said Deputy Robert Ferrell, a member of the Community Oriented Policing Services team in the Antelope Valley.
Arrested were Jesse Jimenez, 43, and his wife, Yvette Jimenez, 41. They were booked on suspicion of dogfighting and suspicion of possession of cocaine, Ferrell said.

Jesse Jimenez was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 and Yvette Jimenez in lieu of $50,000 bail, records show.

Investigators believe dogfights and breeding went on at the house, which is in a neighborhood of homes on large lots.

"It was a very elaborate operation based on what we recovered so far," Lancaster Sheriff's Station spokesman Deputy Mike Rust said.

Binders contained records on dogs ancestry, training, food consumption, injuries and medical treatment, deputies said.

Fighting dog breeders can get higher prices for puppies based on the reputations their dogs acquire as fighters, Ferrell said.

"We have evidence of all the bloodlines on the dogs, their weight, their measurements and all the injuries they sustained, acomplete history on all the dogs they have," Rust said.

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Most of the Canines had Battle injuries

The 16 pit bulls were chained so they could move around in front of their doghouses but couldn't reach one another.

"They were vicious to each other and, in fact, when we were there one dog managed to get off his chain or lead and started fighting with another dog, and that fight had to be broken up," Ferrell said.
The "pry sticks" found at the house are used to open dogs' jaws when they lock onto each other, stalling the fight, he said.

"It's so the fight can continue. There's nothing humane about this," he said.

The dogs at the house included mature, young, male and female animals, he said. A Chihuahua was found in the house.

All 17 dogs were taken away by Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control officers, Ferrell said. They will be examined by veterinarians and kept as evidence, he said.

Most of the dogs had injuries, either old or relatively new, like ;hose that would be suffered in a fight, he said.

The Jimenezes were arrested by deputies serving a search warant at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after in investigation that lasted more han a month, officials said.

The investigation started with a tip to the (877) N02FITE, an around-the-clock tip line established in 2009 by the Humane Society of the United States and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
People who call can remain anonymous and still collect rewards of up to $5,000 if the information leads to arrests and convictions of dogfighters.

Dogfighting is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison, District Attorney officials said. Being present at a fight or while preparations are being made for a dogfight is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to six months in jail.

Humane Society officials believe dogfighting is widespread in Los Angeles County. Nationwide, society officials estimate that 40,000 people follow organized dogfighting circuits involving more than 250,000 dogs annually

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