Ringleader Gets the Slammer
Cincinnati, OH - Terry Kendrick, a man considered one of the biggest dogfighters in the country will spend the next thirteen and a half years in an Ohio prison. A judge convicted Kendrick last month on charges related to the dog fights he organized. He raised the pit bulls at a kennel at his College Hill home, a neighborhood within Cincinnati.
Kendrick is connected to fights from Florida to New York. Most of his sentence had to do with drug trafficking charges. But it was the dogfighting evidence that lingered in the courtroom. "The jaw that was torn off and the blood all over the ring its very disturbing," said Judge Robert Reuhlman, who called the operation cruel before sentencing Kendrick.
The Ohio Organized Crime Task Force and the Department of Agriculture were in on the undercover investigation, which included audio of the dogs fighting. One of the agents talked about how one injured dog was tossed over a fence in Mount Auburn and left to die. Kendrick pleaded guilty to federal charges, and will be sentenced next month.
Cincinnati pit bull problem:
06/10/08: Landlord Who Killed Pit Bulls Not Charged
06/06/08: Cincinnati Police Kill Two Pit Bulls in Separate Shootings
05/23/08: Pit Bull Owner Sets Dogs Loose After Attack
04/16/08: Residents Say Not Enough Being Done About Pit Bulls
04/07/08: Banned Pit Bull Breaks Chain, Attacks Children