20 Dogs Rescued From Fighting Ring, Four Suspects Arrested

Updated 7/07/2011 at 9:45 p.m .

GARY, Ind. (CBS) — Police have arrested four people and rescued nearly two dozen dogs in connection with a dog-fighting ring in Northwest Indiana.

Lake County Sheriff’s police seized 20 dogs and dog fighting equipment, and experts from the Humane Society helped authorities rescue the animals, according to a news release. The rescue operation targeted two properties in Gary.

Police found another dog chained up a few houses away just outside a garage that officers say doubled as a fighting arena. Spattered blood can be seen in a pen where police believe the dogs were actually fought.

Police confiscated a training treadmill, several guns, and sticks used to pry dogs’ clenched jaws apart too.

Brandon J. Peterson, Sammie J. Jones, Clifton Harris, and Willie Hargrove were each arrested and charged with promoting animal fighting, a class D felony in Indiana.

“We are happy we could work in cooperation with The Humane Society of the United States to rescue these poor animals,” Lake County Sheriff John A. Buncich said in a statement.

“We hope this raid helps to put a stop to dog fighting, and we are thankful a member of our community called our tip line to report this illegal activity.”

The Humane Society rescue team is transporting the dogs to an undisclosed location where they will receive treatment.

“No dog should have to live like this. It’s absolutely unforgivable that any dog should have to live in this condition,” said Anne Sterling, the Indiana state director of the Humane Society of the United States.

The charges carry a penalty of up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Humane Society estimates that 40,000 people follow organized dog fighting circuits across the U.S. while an additional 100,000 meet on neighborhood streets, alleys and hideaways.

  • Too many idiots

    I sort of understand the “crazy cat lady” syndrome because they “think” they are doing 100 cats a favor by putting a roof over their heads, even tho they’re not.

    But this active dogfighting is so heartless. If you know that someone is doing this dogfighting stuff, just report it. I’m sure you can hear the barking.

    Same goes with the crazy cat lady stuff, if you smell a horrible stench, report it.

    And those of you in authority: don’t ignore the calls.


    THERE’S ALOT MORE OUT HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Be My Woof Woof Btch

    Sup wit dat.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Brandon J. Peterson, Sammie J. Jones, Clifton Harris, and Willie Hargrove…………

    I’d pay good money to see the four of them fighting to the death in a ring. Why are they such a heartless, violent people?


  • Gus

    The title of this article made me laugh, makes it sound like they arrested four of the dogs after rescuing them. Heh.

  • anon

    how do i find out if one of them could be mine?

  • Tom

    Don’t feed the dogs for a few days. And then, hose down the suspects with A-1 Steak Sauce and throw them all in a cage with all 20 dogs.

  • diz nu?

    i wonder if rahm might have turned into a crazy cat lady if his life werent so successful..

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