A 64-year-old dog fighter from Long Island will spend time behind bars and will be banned from owning animals for a decade after investigators found seven pit bulls with bite and puncture wounds all over their body.
Westbury resident Jessie Jones has been sentenced to six months in jail and a 10-year ban on owning animals after the animals were found on his property, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.
Jones pleaded guilty in August to the prohibition of animal fighting and overdriving - torturing and injuring animals and failing to provide proper sustenance.
On April 19, investigators from the Nassau County Police Department visited Jones’ home in Westbury after receiving reports that dogfighting was taking place on the property.
Upon arrival, detectives found two pit bulls with open and raw wounds all over their bodies in the backyard. The dogs were shacked with industrial boat chains around their necks.
Further investigation found five other unlicensed pit bulls, including two puppies, who were restrained by chains and also had fresh bite and puncture wounds on their faces and bodies. Detectives also found dog fighting paraphernalia, including a treadmill with paw prints on it, a break stick, spring pole and antibiotics to treat the dogs’ wounds.
“Dogfighting is a sickening blood sport that causes horrific pain and injuries to innocent animals and places an incredible burden on local animal shelters, rescue groups and taxpayers,” Singas said. “My office will continue to work tirelessly on animal crime cases because we know when people abuse animals, they are more likely to hurt other people. I thank the ASPCA for their partnership.”
Singas noted that following a behavioral and forensic analysis by the ASPCA, four of the pit bulls were adopted. One dog, Dizzy - pictured above - a one-and-a-half-year-old male pit bull is still waiting for his forever home.
Anyone interested in adopting Dizzy can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Despite being a felony in all 50 states, dog fighting continues to be a popular underground activity and, sadly, is more prevalent than many people realize,” Elizabeth Brandler, Senior Counsel for ASPCA Legal Advocacy, said.
“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position where we can support local agencies in their efforts to tackle dogfighting in their communities, and we commend the work of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office for pursuing this case and holding those involved responsible for their role in this heinous form of abuse.”
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