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On Tuesday, a judge in Chester County, Pa., sentenced a convicted dog-fighter to years behind bars in state prison, reported the Daily Times News.

Thanks to Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin, Shane Santiago, formerly of West Brandywine, will have the next 7 1/2 to 15 years to think about his involvement with dog-fighting and the countless dogs who were lost to the cruel blood sport.

Santiago tried to defend his reprehensible actions, claiming that he grew up around dog fighting, and that he believed dog-fighting was "acceptable," and akin to hunting.

Judge Gavin let Santiago know that he did not feel the same; he stated:

I cannot conceive of anyone not having a natural (friendly) feeling toward animals,

I don’t think that any animal should be kept for the purpose of fighting. It is just completely foreign to me.”

Santiago was arrested in Dec. 2012 after investigators looked into the deaths of pit bulls in the Coatesville area; one of the pit bulls was discovered inside of a cage; his body burned, and the other was mauled and left for dead in a ravine.

Santiago was also brought up on charges of child endangerment, criminal conspiracy, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance; he will face a separate prison sentence for the drug charge.

Santiago's wife, Laura Acampora, was also sentenced to time behind bars, though not as long as it was determined that Santiago was "clearly," the one who was in charge.

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