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MI: Warrants issued in dog fighting investigation

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Warrants issued in dog fighting investigation
    Trace Christenson, Battle Creek Enquirer Published 3:45 p.m. ET Nov. 16, 2017 | Updated 4:03 p.m. ET Nov. 16, 2017

    Arrest warrants have been issued for four men in a dog fighting investigation.

    Calhoun County Assistant Prosecutor Karen Pawloski said Thursday the warrants were issued alleging dog fighting and animal abuse and neglect.

    Names of the defendants were not released.

    The warrants were issued as part of an ongoing investigation and following police raids at four locations in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties on Sept. 10.

    Sheriff's deputies said the investigation had been underway four months before the search warrants were executed at homes in Battle Creek, Emmett and Bedford Townships and the City of Portage in Kalamazoo County.

    Ten dogs were seized and are being held at the Calhoun County Animal Shelter in Battle Creek. Officers said they also seized equipment, including treadmills and bite poles — which investigators said are used to train dogs for fighting — computers and paper records during the raids.

    Two men whose homes were raided, Craig Farrington, 47, of Bedford Township and Latshaw Lynn Porch, 55, of Portage, told the Enquirer in October they did not fight dogs and did not assist others.

    "I am a mental wreck over this," Farrington said in October. Five dogs were seized during the raid of his home on Wellington Avenue.

    Three pitbull puppies owned by Porch were seized from a property on Division Drive. Two other dogs were taken from that site because of alleged neglect, investigators said.

    More: Owners whose homes were searched say they don't fight dogs

    "I have never fought a dog in my life," Porch said in October.

    Both men said they do attend dog shows for pit bulls and train them for endurance, strength and agility.

  2. Rezbull

    Rezbull Puppy

    I know all to well how false accusation can drive a person into a very bad state, both mentally and later physically..

    I'm livid yet thinking about the lies spread because of others fears or as in this case being possibly a group using this breeders name as the scapegoat or bull..

    I have had the luxury of having animal control called on me with accusations of having a catmill and dead cats in my house with viscous pit bulls running amuck.. Luckily the animal control officer called, turned out to be actually the same officer to have found my latest dog and it's her that evaluated this APBT. She wounded up having children parading around her with the dogs dressed in Halloween costumes and of course just looking at the dogs clearly clean unmarked skin made her just shake her head in disgust over the whole ordeal. I do have polydactyl cats but there's a strict cat and dog tolerance here and a few of the most courageous cats actually loves on the dogs.. All of the dogs were cat chasers initially but with a little intervention and positive rewards x the essence of time I have been blessed knowing now how much this training does for the breed in the long as I expressed to the animal control officer whose presence here was a blessing considering the police weren't involved for whatever reasons..
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I hope they get the dogs back.
  4. Rezbull

    Rezbull Puppy

    Same, especially knowing if they are family dogs paying the price with the torture of being impounded.
    Michele likes this.

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