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Paterson drug posts yields discovery of dog fighting training activities

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Caurie Swinger, 21, and Ashley Bryant, 32, were arrested Friday afternoon for drug possession and animal cruelty at their home on Van Blarcom Street in Paterson, N.J. reported NorthJersey.com.

In a shocking and horrifying discovery, authorities found 21 pitbulls; most of them puppies less than one-year-old suspected of being trained to fight. Three adult dogs with injuries consistent with dog fighting were also rescued.

Four dead dogs were discovered stuffed into garbage bags. Most of the puppies were undernourished and secured in crates in the basement. A few dogs were chained outside.

Police found electronic collars, needles, steroids used for dogs to encourage their performance, and bloodstained sticks used to pry the dogs' mouths open.

Also recovered in the raid were thousands of dollars worth of crack cocaine, marijuana, and a handgun.

John DeCando, the Paterson Animal Control Officer, stated all of the starving dogs were scared but friendly, and warmed up to detectives as the dogs were petted and fed. The adult injured dogs were taken to the veterinary hospital for treatment. They will all be available for adoption with Officer DeCando stating:

“Each dog is adoptable; not one will be put to sleep.They’re friendly. They just got hooked up with bad people. They just wanted some attention. They didn’t have a chance to make them mean yet.”

The dogs will be available through Second Chance Pet Adoption. Please call (973)-208-1054.

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