Sunday, December 7, 2008

Police: Duquesne Dogs Found In 'Filthy' Conditions

DUQUESNE (KDKA) ― One dog is dead and 30 others are undergoing medical treatment after police in Duquesne busted a suspected dog fighting ring.

The assistant Duquesne police chief says it all started as a drug investigation.

Duquesne City Police executed a search warrant at a home on Viola Avenue where they found the pit bulls.

One official says they found a dead dog that appeared to be chewed up along with other diseased and scarred dogs and what looked like dog fighting paraphernalia.

"We definitely have animal neglect and animal cruelty here," Animal Friends Humane Officer Kathy Hecker said. "Conditions were pretty horrible for these dogs and they just got a whole lot better."

One neighbor tells KDKA she had no idea how many pets her neighbor had.

"I can't believe that he would be cruel to them because he does love them," she said. "He's even helped me out with a couple of my puppies when I had puppies. He helped me out as far as how to take care of them and maintain good dogs so I don't think he would do anything harmful to dogs."

The animals are now getting medical attention.

The dogs seized will be held for the time being and eventually, if officials get custody of the animals, they'll try to find them new homes.

As for Michael Wilson, who's currently on probation for a federal heroin charge, he faces new drug charges and may be charged with animal cruelty as early as next week.

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