On Tuesday, a woman who ran a dog-fighting operation out of her family home in West Brandywine, Pa., pleaded guilty to multiple counts of animal cruelty and child endangerment, reported Wednesday's publication of the Daily Times News.
The Assistant District Attorney, Priya DeSouza, who is prosecuting the case, stated that 34-year-old Laura Acampora:
“admits that she knowingly participated I the hosting and training of dogs for the purposes of fighting them and that she did so for gain and amusement,”
Acampora and her husband, Shane Santiago, were arrested in December, and both have been in prison since that time.
The couple not only bred and fought dogs at their home, but they exposed their five children, ages three to 15, to the violent blood sport.
According to investigators, who broke the case after finding several dead dogs in the area, the couple's home was a virtual house of canine horrors.
Up to 16 dogs were kept inside of the house, and a fighting arena was set up in the basement area; authorities found blood splattered walls, blood saturated carpets and multiple pieces of dog training equipment.
Acampora's guilty plea, and her agreement to cooperate with the prosecution, allowed her to walk free from prison. When and if her husband goes to trial, she has agreed to testify against him.
When Acampora is sentenced she could face anywhere from three months behind bars, up to a year.
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