Search Warrant at Oakland Home Reveals Suspected Dog-Fighting Operation

By Cheryl Hurd
|  Thursday, Dec 19, 2013  |  Updated 10:30 PM PDT
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Oakland police stumbled upon the alleged dog-fighting ring while serving a search warrant for an unrelated case. Cheryl Hurd reports.

Oakland police stumbled upon the alleged dog-fighting ring while serving a search warrant for an unrelated case. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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Police stumbled across a suspected dog-fighting operation when they served a search warrant for an unrelated case at a home on Eldridge Avenue in Oakland.

Officers on Thursday afternoon seized 11 dogs at the home. One of the dogs was very agressive toward police and bit two animal control officers, who both suffered minor injuries, officials said.

"This is an 1,100 square-foot house. Two dogs inside, nine outside in squaller conditions," said David Cronin, an interim director at Oakland Animal Control. "Most of the dogs have scratches on their faces."

Oakland police also seized equipment used in dog-fighting operations. Treadmills and weighted vests normally used to keep fighting dogs in condition were also discovered by officers.

No arrests were made Thursday.

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