Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Eldon man pleads guilty to dog-fighting charge

By Newsdesk KRCG
Friday, September 04, 2009 at 4:39 p.m.

ELDON -- An Eldon man plead guilty Friday for his role in a dog-fighting ring.

Jack Ruppel admitted to killing dogs that wouldn't fight and dropping ones that didn't meet expectations down a sepctic tank.

He admitted in federal court that he was part of a conspiracy to buy, sell and train bull terriers to fight.

Ruppel told the court he attended, or participated, in 10 dog fights between July of 2008 and April of this year. One of those fights took place at his Eldon home.

He faces up to 10 years behind bars along with a $500,000 fine.