On Wednesday, a 21-year-old, Toledo, Ohio, man was found guilty of five counts of dog fighting, reported the Toledo Blade.
Though the accused dog-fighter, Carl Steward, denied his involvement with the illegal blood sport, Judge Gary Cook determined that Steward was guilty.
Steward came under fire in late January after someone reported something suspicious at a partially boarded up home in central Toledo. Authorities found six pit bulls, chained to the floor, or in cages, as well as other "dog-fighting" equipment, including a hanging scale and a wooden treadmill.
Of the six dogs confiscated, five were "badly scarred."
Steward claimed that he "liked" American pit bull terriers and that he had taken them in from neighbors who no longer wanted them. He maintained that the dogs with scars came to him in that condition.
Julie Lyle, the Lucas County dog warden, expressed her thoughts on the verdict, stating:
We’re pleased with the verdict,”
It illustrates that dog fighting will not be tolerated in this community.
According to Opposing Views, Steward, who is currently free on bond, will be sentenced on Nov. 20; he faces up to 18 months in prison for each dog-fighting count.
The dogs confiscated from Steward have been in the care of the dog warden since the time that they were seized; they are still being evaluated to see if they are suitable for adoption.
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