Central Toledo Couple Guilty of Dogfighting
The Belmont Avenue house where Allison Gilmore and Montrese Riley lived and raised their children was, in fact, a gathering spot for area dogfighters. The couple appeared in separate courtrooms in Lucas County Common Pleas Court yesterday to enter pleas to dogfighting charges. Both Riley, 32 and Gilmore, 27, were found guilty and will be sentenced in late March.
"Multiple pit bulls were removed from the house; at least five were scarred," county Dog Warden Tom Skeldon said after the hearings. "We found a pit with a picture window from the dining room looking out over the pit."
Toledo police discovered the dogs, the pit, and several unattended children at 1407 Belmont Ave. on Aug. 28 when an officer chased an unrelated suspect to the home's front door. Believing the suspect may have entered the home, the officer knocked on the door, which was slightly ajar, and found a 2-month-old child on the couch inside.
They also found 10 pit bulls, including five of which were scarred, and three puppies, locked in various rooms. Also discovered were five unattended children, ages 9, 7, 5, 2, and 2 months. Just beyond the dining room was a pit smeared with blood as well as a treadmill, an item often used to train fighting dogs, Officer Doug Allen said.