Thursday, November 20, 2008
UPDATE 03/23/09: The Pima County Attorney's Office wants two properties, one in Picture Rocks and the other in Cochise County, owned by Emily Dennis. County officials said that just because Dennis was acquitted of the charges doesn't mean she wasn't breaking the law. Deputy County Attorney Kevin Krejci said there is nothing unusual about pursuing civil forfeiture of assets, even when a defendant has been acquitted of criminal charges.
Dennis filed a claim against Pima County seeking more than $1 million in compensation for dogs that were seized. The claim puts the value of each dog at $10,000.
11/20/08: Patrick and Dennis Acquitted
A judge acquitted Mahlon Patrick and Emily Dennis of dogfighting charges. Dennis sobbed and hugged Patrick in Pima County Superior Court after Judge John Leonardo read his verdict and said there was not enough proof that the pair raised fighting dogs, or that they fought dogs on their property. Patrick is known worldwide for two bloodlines lines: Tombstone and Boilio, the latter is known as a man-biter.
Proving dogfighting charges is difficult. We lost this one readers.
11/13/08: 1 Leash for Over 100 "Socialized" Dogs
Tucson, AZ - In February, SWAT teams raided four properties involved in a fighting dog ring. Mahlon Patrick was arrested and charged with two counts of dogfighting and 21 counts of animal cruelty. Patrick was known worldwide for two bloodlines he originated: Tombstone and Bolio. The latter was said to be a man-biter. Also arrested was Emily Dennis, who faces the same charges.
Judge John S. Leonardo of Pima County Superior Court heard opening statements today in the bench trial, which is expected to carry over into next week. Deputy County Attorney Lewis Brandes told Leonardo that the combination had built a reputation on breeding dogs that would engage in dogfighting. Brandes also said that when law enforcement officers raided the facility, only one leash was found for 110 dogs.
Defense attorneys Mark Resnick, who represents Patrick, and Thomas Higgins Jr., who represents Dennis, said there is no case against their clients. "He did what any responsible breeder does and made people sign a contract saying if you sell the dog, it's not to be used for the purpose of fighting," Resnick said. Resnick told Leonardo an expert will testify that, with the exception of two dogs seized from Patrick, the dogs were socialized.
On the day of the raid, 110 dogs were seized from Patrick and Dennis' property, Picture Rocks kennel. Seven of the dogs were euthanized for medical reasons, 94 were euthanized by Pima County animal welfare officials several months following the raid and nine were taken in by animal rescue groups. Of the nine, three chosen by Diane Jessup for "law dog" training have since been euthanized as well. It seems farfetched that the dogs were "socialized."
In addition to Patrick and Dennis, deputies arrested Robert Clayton Smith, 56; Terry Lee Williams, 53; Juan Rudolfo Verdin, 40; and Zenaida Yvonne Verdin, 40. Verdin recently pleaded guilty to attempted dogfighting; wife Zenaida, pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals. Leonardo is set to sentence them Nov. 26. Smith and Williams are scheduled for a jury trial in February.
03/12/08: Bloodsport Bust: Alleged Bloodsport Breeds Charged
02/20/08: Breeder Busted, up to 150 Dogs Seized in Dogfighting Raid
| 11/13/2008 1:37 PM |
"He did what any responsible breeder does and made people sign a contract saying if you sell the dog, it's not to be used for the purpose of fighting"
A lawyer shoould know that these contracts ARE LEGALLY UNENFORCEABLE.
They are invalid and illegal contracts.
Because dogs are property according to our law, and new property owners (buyers) can do what they want.
This is how breeders try to put off criticism that they are selling unaltered dogs. They point to these ridiculous "altering contracts" that ARE LEGALLY USELESS.
They can't enforce any such contract. The contracts aren't legal.
The contracts are a sham.
| 11/13/2008 2:01 PM |
Take a look at the comments. A nasty breeder type (memyself&I) offending some poor poster, then pulling the doggie racism scam.
And then there is AJ Flick thanking this breeder for her comments.
Another dim bulb reporter.
Is it any wonder the dogfighting keeps expanding?
| 11/13/2008 2:11 PM |
"Resnick told Leonardo an expert will testify that, with the exception of two dogs seized from Patrick, the dogs were socialized."
So who will the expert be?
Jere Alexander? Bad Rap? Best Friends? Maybe Valparaiso animal law professor Rebecca Huss who says that fighting pit bulls really love people and are just mistreated?
(Which I guess indirectly means that fighting dogs are "socialized" anyway, just mistreated, so if the expert says they were socialized, then they ARE fighting dogs? :)
And the dog fighter lobby says than "manbiters" are culled, so the fighting dogs should all be socialized according to the dog fighters.
It will be interesting to see what "expert" aids and abets the dog fighters.
And I wonder who is paying the bill for the lawyer?
Is there any kind of tax investigation going on? Money laundering investigation? Where did all the money from breeding and selling pits get reported to? Taxes paid on it?
| 11/13/2008 2:50 PM |
I was wondering about that expert myself. Rebecca Huss seems a good choice. Looks like Partick's got the "vet" in the bag as well:
"The veterinarian who cared for the dogs will testify that he wouldn't have allowed the animals to be used for fighting, Higgins said."
Vets and the dogfighters seem to go hand in hand. The vets have to medically treat the injured fighting dogs. But many forget they have an obligation to follow the law and report these abusers.
Vets are governed by the Veterinarian's Oath:
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics of the AVMA
SECTION II. PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR
1. Veterinarians should first consider the needs of the patient: to relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear.
2. Veterinarians should obey all laws of the jurisdictions in which they reside and practice veterinary medicine. Veterinarians should be honest and fair in their relations with others, and they should not engage in fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit.
1. Veterinarians should report illegal practices and activities to the proper authorities.
| 11/13/2008 4:01 PM |
Oh my God. The vet is going to testify as to what Patrick "intended" to do?
How can anyone testify to what someone else "intended" to do. Or what was going to happen in the future?
It is a total fabrication.
But it is maybe a good thing to see that veterinarians are colluding with fighters and lobbying for them.
And supporting animal abuse.
Did they give the name of the vet? Please if anyone finds the names of the vet and the "expert" trainer, please post them.
| 11/13/2008 4:40 PM |
A different article says more about the VET:
Resnick told the judge that Patrick's veterinarian will testify he cared for all of the dogs bred by Patrick and that he never saw any evidence the dogs had ever fought. Another veterinarian will testify that all but two of the 100-plus dogs seized from Patrick's property were properly socialized.
| 11/21/2008 10:57 AM |
The dogfighting will never be dealt with until there are breeder licensing and inspection laws, so these people at least are documented and there are some rules and accountability.
They flourish because they can completely stay off the books and the state doesn't even ask questions
This is why the dogfighters and breeders fight so hard against anything that hints at breeder licensing and regulation.
Their dogfighting, their puppy mills, their fat tax-free incomes are all at risk with some regulation.
This is why they fight so hard against things like mandatory spay neuter laws, because it means breeder licensing.
They make up lies like "it will be too expensive to enforce" (not half as expensive as the tax revenue that's lost!) or "they can't enforce the laws" (bull! they sure can!)
It is sad that some humane people and these pit bull "rescue" nuts have gotten sucked into opposing laws on behalf of the dogfighters that are torturing the dogs.
But that is what they are doing, helping these dogfighters hurt more dogs more easily.
| 11/22/2008 10:56 PM |
We didn't win as big as we could have, but we didn't loose either. People are more aware of what is going on. Just like the little girl in the logo, we also are watching.
| 11/23/2008 10:41 AM |
Dr. Barry Wilkinson repeatedly testified that it was difficult to tell how the dogs got their wounds.
The place for all of your fighting dog's medical needs:
obtw, these chain vet clinics owned by VCA, I highly recommend AGAINST them.
| 11/23/2008 11:20 PM |
Members of various game-dog forums are always talking about the myth of the bait dog.
| 11/25/2008 4:43 AM |
Last year the Animal Fighting Act was passed unamimously by the United States Senate making it a Federal Felony to traffic fighting dogs accross state lines. It seems to me that the USDA was AWOL in this case. It is extremely difficult to convict a dog fighter without catching them red handed.
The pooch was screwed here, instead of a local DA trying to prove dog fighting on circumstancial evidence, the feds should have been involved in a fighting animal trafficking investigation.
All they needed to prove was that he sold dogs to dog fighters.
I wonder if he can still be tried on Federal Charges?
| 11/27/2008 11:20 AM |
Reduced to misdemeanors and given probation.
It is no wonder, we are untable to end dogfighting. Not only are they scumbags hard to catch and prosecute, when we do manage to nail them, our courts hand down wimpy punishments.