West Park, FL - In a frightful example of a dangerous "residential" breeding operation, a man is being blamed for having a house and yard full of pit bulls. Neighbors say the situation has gotten to the point that are afraid to leave their homes. They say their city needs to do more to protect them. "The smell, the barking -- you hear them all night," said next-door neighbor Maritza Garcia.
The local TV news station counted 17 dogs, most of them pit bulls, on the outside of the property. The dogs are tied and chained to every tree, front and back, at the home. Others are kept in homemade runs. Neighbors said there are even more inside the house. "If one of them gets off, they all get into an uproar and they attack each other," said neighbor Melanie Phillips.
"Someone is going to get killed," Garcia said.
Hohai has admitted to the city he’s a breeder and running a business out of his house. He would not talk to reporters about his operation. A man who said he worked at the house also refused to talk. The newly formed city of West Park has adopted Broward County's ordinances, which state that residents can have as many dogs as they want as long as they are being taken care of.
West Park can adopt its own rules, but then it would have to enforce them. Commissioner Sharon Fyffe said the city can't afford enforcement. The city has been fining Hohai $50 a day for running his residential kennel. Those fines now total close to $20,000. The city has placed a lien on the house for the unpaid fines. Residents would like them to do more.
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