Lawyer: Police Sensationalized Pit Bull Case
UPDATE 03/12/08: Rene Sandler, the Rockville attorney representing Maurice Tyrone Collier Jr., said he will go to trial later this month to clear his name on charges of animal cruelty. Sandler claims the case against her client has been sensationalized by police. She adds:
‘‘What one can’t help to think is that they are trying to make Mr. Collier the Michael Vick of Montgomery County,” Sandler said.
Just in case anyone buys her theory, we repeat what the officers found when they executed a search warrant on Tyrone's house:
Two unattended pit bulls in the home and four improperly restrained pit bulls in the backyard; one female pit bull was loose inside the house with scars on its neck and ears; an adult male pit bull had scars on its legs, neck, head and ears, with an old broken jaw wound that healed crookedly; a treadmill with restraints attached; syringes, veterinary antibiotics and painkillers.
03/05/08: Traffic Stop Leads to Drug, Weapons, Animal Cruelty Charges
Silverspring, MD - Last week, police stopped a vehicle at Route 355 and Shady Grove Road for suspicion of driving under the influence. Maurice Tyrone Collier Jr., 29, was arrested on a charge of DUI, and police said a search of his vehicle led to the discovery of two loaded handguns and controlled substances.
That arrest led to an investigation by the police department's firearms task force and drug enforcement unit. Later that day, a search warrant was executed at Collier's home. Authorities seized handguns, shotguns, ammunition, drugs and six pit bulls believed to be trained for fighting.
Police found a three scared pit bulls, equipment for training dogs to fight -- including a treadmill -- and syringes and veterinary pharmaceuticals. They also found a rabbit believed to be used for pit bull agility training. Surprise, surprise, a criminal fighting pits on the side.
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