Shannon Richardson, 34, in a Buffalo, N.Y. arraigment on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to six counts of animal cruelty after authorities rescued four emaciated dogs from his home on Erb Street earlier in December 2013, according to a report by wgrz.com.
Police found evidence of dog fighting and training equipment in the home.
Several humane advocates stood outside of the courtroom peacefully demonstrating their support for stronger punishments for animal cruelty and abuse.
Richardson was handcuffed and taken into custody in lieu of a $7,500 bond.
The four dogs were taken to the Buffalo Animal Shelter. One dog, a female pit bull named Ginja, was stolen from the shelter, and there have been no answers as to where the dog may have been taken. Animal advocates fear the dog may have been stolen to be used in more dog fighting.
Both Guardians of Rescue and other private donors have offered a $7,000 reward for the safe return of Ginja.
According to the Buffalo Police:
“The situation of the missing dog from the Buffalo Animal Shelter remains an active investigation by detectives. We ask anyone with information regarding the missing dog or the incident to call the police confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.”
Please help to bring Ginja back to the shelter safe and sound.
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