Dog Fighting Ring Busted in San Diego Suburb

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The San Diego Police (SDPD) in conjunction with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) had been investigating a dog fighting ring that was suspected to be going on in Linda Vista, a suburb of San Diego, California.  On Wednesday afternoon, both law enforcement agencies pulled a raid at the suspected address, and rescued nine dogs in the process.

The investigation had been going on for months, and crossed from Las Angeles County, and into San Diego County.  When the warrants were served, law enforcement officials found four people inside the home, and nine dogs, one of them pregnant.

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One of the people in the home at the time of the raid was arrested on drug charges that had nothing to with the dog fighting investigation.  The dogs were also removed, ad authorities expect that there will be many more arrests, as more suspected properties have warrants served upon them.

The dogs were clearly showing signs of having been in fights, or having been bait dogs in training for fights.  In the basement of the home where the dogs were kept, police also found what they described as a “dungeon training room.”  It contained heavy chains and treadmills, weights, belts and other equipment consistent with training dogs to fight.  As if all of that wasn’t evidence enough, there were even trophies that had been won by the trainer from various dog fights.

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The dogs were definitely a bit more aggressive than your standard dogs, but no one is willing to make any calls on their fate, until there’s been a full evaluation done on all of them.  They have been taken to a vet in the Las Angeles area for medical care, and some rehabilitation.  Depending on the outcome of the rehab process, the dogs may then find themselves up for adoption.

The investigation is far from over.  Law enforcement officials say that at this point they believe that the dog fighting ring they busted on Wednesday is only a small part of a larger operation.  They estimate that they have counted as many as 1,000 possible suspects, some of them not only breaking California law by training and fighting dogs, but also transporting them back and forth from The United States to Mexico.

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Make sure to check back with Life With Dogs regularly, as we will be covering any further raids and any subsequent arrests and rescues made in this case.

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126 thoughts on “Dog Fighting Ring Busted in San Diego Suburb”

  1. These dogs looked relieved that someone is rescuing them from this life of terror. I think these people, over 1,000 suspects, should be put in a “dungeon training room” used as bait in a ring, fight each other to the death, while they are dying let them lay there and suffer from their wounds. These scumbags have absolutely no sympathy from me!

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  2. Do the same thing all the”humans” involved in this:
    Put them all in a hole with no food or water, let them all fight to the death, and cannibalize each other until there’s one left standing….Then let all these poor dogs feed on him.

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  3. Worked in LE, my uncle’s house is in Linda Vista. The black guy interviewed is a clueless fool. The area is not the best and with mexico being so close this doesn’t surprise me. I noticed the spelling of Los was Las, that is fairly stupid. This investigation has a long way to go, the owner should get 20 years to life without parole!

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