Thursday, February 02, 2006

Dogs, Drugs Seized From House: More on the Lovely Life and People of Dog Fighting

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Dogs, Drugs Seized From House

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By MIKE WELLS mwells@tampatrib.com

Published: Feb 2, 2006

THONOTOSASSA - An anonymous tip led Hillsborough County investigators Wednesday to dogs they think were used for illegal fighting and a hydroponic marijuana operation in rural Thonotosassa, officials said.

The call came Monday and resulted in a search warrant executed at 7713 Muddy Water Trail by Hillsborough County Department of Animal Services investigators Ken Vetzel and Loretta Bradley and the sheriff's office.

Authorities seized eight adult pit bulls, four puppy pit bulls and two catahoula leopard puppies. Five of the adults bore injuries from fights, and one female showed signs of overbreeding and had an eye infection, Animal Services spokeswoman Marti Ryan said.

The adult dogs will be euthanized because they were aggressive with other animals and toward people, Ryan said. The puppies will be checked for disease and aggression before their fate is decided.

Officers found three dog skulls in a wooded area near the home, Ryan said. Many of the dogs were chained to doghouses, and others were kept in outdoor pens.

Investigators also seized two cows, several chickens and a cat. None appeared to be underfed, Ryan said.

Inside the home, authorities found 107 marijuana plants, two rifles and equipment commonly used in dogfighting, including a treadmill and a medical kit to treat cuts and scrapes, Ryan said.

The drugs weighed about 7 pounds, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

No one had been charged in connection with the drugs or animals late Wednesday.

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