Pit Bull Chat Forum

Welcome to Pit Bull Chat!

We are a diverse group of Pit Bull enthusiasts devoted to the preservation of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Our educational and informational discussion forum about the American Pit Bull Terrier and all other bull breeds is a venue for members to discuss topics, share ideas and come together with the common goal to preserve and promote our canine breed of choice.

Here you will find discussions on topics concerning health, training, events, rescue, breed specific legislation and history. We are the premier forum for America’s dog, The American Pit Bull Terrier.

We welcome you and invite you to join our family.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us

  • Welcome back!

    We decided to spruce things up and fix some things under the hood. If you notice any issues, feel free to contact us as we're sure there are a few things here or there that we might have missed in our upgrade.

NJ: Pit bulls rescued from fighting ring were stolen from Paterson animal shelter

Vicki

Administrator
Administrator
PATERSON — Two pit bulls rescued from a brutal dogfighting ring were stolen out of the city's animal shelter either Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

Paterson Animal Control Officer John DeCando said that two of the three dogs seized in a dog fighting ring on Friday, May 1 were taken from the city animal shelter at 44 Rye Road.

The third dog is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a dog fight. Frannie Laurita, a volunteer with A Pathway to Hope, said the dog, named Jude, could be released from Animal Emergency Referral Associates in Fairfield as soon as Wednesday.

Jude has "a considerable" number of bite marks, Laurita said, and suffered a variety of ailments from fighting, including a heart murmur and early kidney failure. A foster family has agreed to take him in when he's released from the hospital.

Two large holes were cut into the shelter's fence and the cages, DeCando said. No other animals were taken.

DeCando found the holes Tueday morning while feeding the animals. The two pit bulls are about a year old. DeCando can tell them apart by their scars.

"It was targeted," said an angry DeCando. "I was working with Second Chance Pet Adoption to get them homes."

The dogs, both male pit bulls between 45 and 50 pounds, were stolen sometime between 8 p.m. Monday and 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, DeCando said.

The alleged ringleader of the ring, 34-year-old Michael Coleman, was charged with animal cruelty, animal fighting and maintaining a premise for unlawful conduct. Two other men were charged with dog fighting at the rented car wash at 198 N. 16th Street, according to police.

DeCando said the dogs are friendly toward people but will attempt to kill any animal it comes into contact with. The dogs cannot be together, he said.

Because the theft of the dogs represents tampering with evidence, detectives have taken over the case, the animal control officer said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the city's shelter at 973-881-3640.

-430c195e7f2232a7.JPG

A pit bull stolen from Paterson Animal Control. (Courtesy of Paterson Animal Control)

Pit bulls rescued from fighting ring were stolen from Paterson animal shelter | NJ.com
 

ShanaRowan

FlirtPolin'
Premium Member
Those scars look really old and healed over... they are trying to say that crap is from yesterday???

I have waaaaay more questions about this than were answered in the article.
 

CrazyK9

Good Dog
That dog in the picture looks old, not one year old as claimed? Sorry random thought lol. Im tired.