Thursday, October 2, 2008
West Park, FL - In a frightful example of a dangerous "residential" breeding operation, a man is being blamed for having a house and yard full of pit bulls. Neighbors say the situation has gotten to the point that are afraid to leave their homes. They say their city needs to do more to protect them. "The smell, the barking -- you hear them all night," said next-door neighbor Maritza Garcia.
The local TV news station counted 17 dogs, most of them pit bulls, on the outside of the property. The dogs are tied and chained to every tree, front and back, at the home. Others are kept in homemade runs. Neighbors said there are even more inside the house. "If one of them gets off, they all get into an uproar and they attack each other," said neighbor Melanie Phillips.
"Someone is going to get killed," Garcia said.Hohai has admitted to the city he’s a breeder and running a business out of his house. He would not talk to reporters about his operation. A man who said he worked at the house also refused to talk. The newly formed city of West Park has adopted Broward County's ordinances, which state that residents can have as many dogs as they want as long as they are being taken care of.
West Park can adopt its own rules, but then it would have to enforce them. Commissioner Sharon Fyffe said the city can't afford enforcement. The city has been fining Hohai $50 a day for running his residential kennel. Those fines now total close to $20,000. The city has placed a lien on the house for the unpaid fines. Residents would like them to do more.
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| 10/02/2008 6:55 AM |
Who is buying these dogs? Clearly they are not well taken care of so they are probably not well bred either. In fact, they sound pretty aggressive having to be spaced out and tied up. Sounds like a fighting operation.
| 10/02/2008 11:42 AM |
I saw on one of the court shows, this guy drove out and met these people to sell them a dog and they never saw his house or how the dog was raised.
I also saw a pit bull for sale in a pet store a couple of weeks ago. If someone is stupid enough to buy that dog they will know nothing about where the dog came from.
| 11/26/2009 9:44 AM |
The man is now giving up his dangerous, smelly pit bull operation:
"WEST PARK, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A West Park, Fla., man criticized for keeping a pit bull dog kennel in a residential neighborhood says he will give away the animals. Reno Yohai told WPLG-TV, Miami, Tuesday that he can't take care of the dogs by himself, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. "My heart is in the right place. My kennel isn't," Yohai told the station, adding that his onetime roster of 30 pit bulls has been decreased to 15. The newspaper said the city of West Park had fined the man $50,000 for operating a kennel in a residential area..."
Any takers on the dogs?