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Seven pit bulls seized as police accuse man of dog fighting

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by firedrake13, Apr 2, 2009.

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    HAMPTON — Police investigating the discovery of two dead pit bull terriers in a Dumpster have charged an 18-year-old man from Hampton with running a dog-fighting operation from his home.

    Police arrested Tyrik Clarence Cain, of 814 W. Queen Street on Tuesday and charged him with organized dog fighting, animal cruelty and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Seven pit bulls were seized from his home.

    Although Cain's home is close to the Dumpster at the Maaco Auto Painting & Bodywork where two dead pit bulls were found rolled up in a carpet in January, Hampton police say Cain hasn't been charged with that offense at this stage.

    Police spokeswoman Cpl. Paula Ensley said Hampton animal control officers with the assistance of police officers, members of Chesapeake animal control and Virginia Dog Fighting Task Force served a search warrant on Cain's home Tuesday.

    Seven pit bull dogs were seized and taken to a local vet for treatment and evaluation, Ensley said.

    According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed at Hampton Circuit Court, the two dead female dogs found in January had been shot in the head and had multiple wounds consistent with dog fighting.

    Police received a tip that the dogs had belonged to Cain, aka "Poppy," Hampton animal control officer Allan Cline said in the affidavit.

    Investigators were told by an informant that dog fighting had been seen in the backyard of Cain's home. The document said a reliable informant had seen Cain "engage a pit bull dog" with another man who was wearing a firearm tucked in his pants. The informant said the fight lasted a few minutes and both dogs were later retrieved and loaded into a black truck in front of Cain's house.

    The informant said Cain trained his dogs in the back yard of his home with ropes suspended from a tree.

    Cline said the informant told him Cain "attempts to obstruct the view into his back yard while engaging in dog fighting by devising a temporary screen made from bushes and tree branches tied together."

    Cline said the rear of 814 W. Queen St. "extends into an area of heavily overgrown bushes and trees which borders with a street behind 827 W. Pembroke Ave., Maaco Auto."

    An aerial photograph revealed the existence of a clearing behind Cain's home which is obstructed from plain view, the affidavit said.
    Copyright © 2009, Newport News, Va., Daily Press


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