NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Seven pit bulls that authorities say were rescued from a dog fighting operation in Brooklyn are recovering well and are now ready for new homes.
The dogs were removed from a home back in May, where authorities found kennels, treadmills, syringes and a stick used to break a dog’s grip on another animal or object, according to Animal Care & Control of NYC.[cbs-audio url=”http://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/pit-bulls-2-rivera-w38-jpowers.mp3″ size=”340″ download=”false” name=”AC&C: Pit Bulls Rescued From Brooklyn Dog Fighting Operation Ready For Adoption” artist=”1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports”]
Some of the dogs had scarring consistent with dogfighting and a few had recent wounds that hadn’t yet healed, authorities said.
“These dogs did nothing wrong and they deserve to be in loving homes,” said Risa Weinstock, AC&C’s Executive Director, said in a statement. “Dogfighting is a criminal offense and the dogs are the innocent victims of illegal and abusive conduct. ”
Two of the dogs came in pregnant and had 16 puppies between them, the AC&C said. All of those dogs are currently in foster homes.
Leslie Alexander, 39, was indicted in June on 22 counts of prohibition of animal fighting, seven counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and other charged, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said.
Alexander was set to be arraigned earlier this month. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The seven adult dogs are now ready for adoption. The puppies will be available at a later date.
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