Police recently arrested a Millville NJ man who was allegedly part of a dog fighting ring that operated throughout South Jersey.
Federal authorities learned about the alleged dog fighting ring and opened an investigation, dubbed “Operation Grand Champion,” earlier this year. The US Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division led the investigation and eventually secured a search warrant after determining that the suspect had violated federal law.
According to law enforcement, the suspect was one of two people participating in an operation that provided pit bulls for dog fights. When police officers executed a search warrant at the main suspect’s home in Millville NJ, they allegedly discovered several dogs that were being kept on heavy chains behind the house. A total of 13 dogs, most of which are pit bulls, were reportedly found at the residence. Federal prosecutors later said that the chained dogs “were spaced so that they could not reach one another.” Another pit bull was reportedly found in a crate inside the house and was seriously ill due to malnourishment and injured as a result of possible dog fighting.
Police officers also reportedly discovered other items indicating that the dogs were being used as part of a dog fighting venture. For instance, authorities reported finding a box of veterinary medications, as well as various needles, syringes, and other items likely used to treat injured dogs. Additionally, law enforcement allegedly came across a large quantity of dog fighting paraphernalia.
The main suspect is a 47-year-old resident of Millville, New Jersey. He faces federal criminal charges for possessing pit bull-type dogs for dog fighting ventures. The reason the suspect faces federal charges instead of NJ state charges is that he reportedly crossed state lines on at least one occasion to provide the dogs for illegal criminal acts. As a result, the suspect allegedly violated the federal Animal Welfare Act, which prohibits dog fighting and imposes stiff penalties on violators.
If the suspect is convicted on the extremely serious criminal charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by federal law, engaging in a dog fighting venture can result in a sentence of up to five years in federal prison.
For more information, check out the Haddonfield Patch article, “South Jersey Man Arrested, Charged as Part of Dog Fighting Ring: U.S. Attorney.”
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