NY Drug Bust Turns up Dog Fighting Evidence
Yonkers, NY - The New York police department is discovering that drugs and dog fighting are linked. The narcotics police spokesperson went as far to say, "narcotics police have been trained to look for signs of dog fighting during their drug investigations because the two often are linked."
DogsBite.org is glad law enforcement officials are catching on. The next logical step is to prohibit convicted felons from owning pit bulls. The intricate link between criminals, pit bulls and dog fighting could not be more obvious.
On Wednesday, two dead pit bulls were found in trash bags, just as police announced the rescue of 15 other dogs and the discovery of a dog fighting pit in a Yonkers basement. Commissioner Edward Hartnett said he was unsure there was an organized dog fighting network in Yonkers, but he added, "a lot of these guys (drug dealers and dog fighters) do seem to know each other."
The discovery of the 15 pit bulls in Yonkers came during a Tuesday night raid by narcotics police. Besides 6 ounces of cocaine, drug packaging and nearly $16,000 in cash, the police found a 3-foot-high Plexiglas fighting enclosure, treadmills for dogs, weighted neck chains for training, a whip and syringes used for medicating the animals.
The dogs found Tuesday will be examined by veterinarians. The SPCA is determining whether the evidence will support felony dog fighting charges or just misdemeanor cruelty charges. The felony is punishable by up to four years in prison, the misdemeanor by up to one year.