Thursday, November 20, 2008

Veterinarian on stand in dogfighting trial

Posted: Nov 19, 2008 04:44 PM CST

Veterinarian on stand in dogfighting trial

Mindy Blake email

A veterinarian took the stand Wednesday in a dogfighting trial in Tucson.

Last February, Pima County Sheriff's deputies seized 150 dogs from four properties.

Investigators say the suspects bred dogs for fighting.

Maylon Patrick and Emily Dennis are on trial for their alleged part in the operation.

They each face two counts of dog fighting.

The two sat in court Wednesday, taking notes.

A veterinarian the defense asked to examine the dogs after deputies seized the animals, took the stand.

Dr. Barry Wilkinson repeatedly testified that it was difficult to tell how the dogs got their wounds.

"It could have been due to an infection in the skin, uh, an abrasion rubbing on something. It could be a healing bite wound. It could be any one of a number of causes."

Prosecutors say none of the dogs seized from the suspects' property was socialized, and they weren't pets.

They say the couple's own online ads will prove they bred dogs for fighting.

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