Sixteen dogs and puppies were rescued from an alleged dog fighting operation Tuesday morning after neighbors called authorities about dogs fighting in a backyard located on the 500 block of North 14th Street in Santa Paula, Calif. reported ktla.com.
Officers from the Santa Paula Police Department found evidence of dog breeding and dog fighting equipment.
According to a press release from the police department:
"Evidence of dog breeding was located on the property as well as evidence of dogs being trained to fight including an agitator stick, cropped ears and clipped tails on the dogs, and various stages of wounds healing on the dogs. The owner denied any allegations of wrongdoing.
Update: The suspect is identified as Silvano Moses Duran, 28 years old of Santa Paula.
Current Charges: Penal Code 597(a), Additional Charges Pending Investigation.
Silvano Moses Duran, 28, was arrested Tuesday evening, however denies he was training the dogs for fighting.
The dogs were all brought to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) where donations exceeding $11,000 have been pouring in to help the dogs.
All of the dogs were dehydrated and many were badly injured.
Two of the dogs, Leon and Lola remain at the Ohana Veterinary Hospital as they continue to recover. At this time the dogs are still in a significant amount of pain and are being cared for accordingly by the staff. The dogs are extremely sweet and docile.
Two 12-week-old puppies are expected to make full recoveries.
On Wednesday afternoon the SPARC posted the following on their Facebook:
"We may never know exactly what went on at that property. Clearly something was terribly wrong, but the dogs are not talking! Our primary concern is the condition in which they were found and rehabilitating their wounds, both physical and mental. The generosity of animal lovers from around the globe will make that possible. Thank you!"
The dogs are not eligible for adoption at this time depending on the outcome of a criminal investigation. Some of the dogs will need significant care and rehabilitation.
Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, or SPARC, is the first and only dedicated open-admission No Kill animal shelter in Ventura County.
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