Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Dog-Fighting Ring Busted; 17 Dogs Rescued

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

59820507.jpg
Photo courtesy L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies office


Photo courtesy L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies office
A dog-fighting training center, complete with surgical equipment, treadmills, a portable fighting ring with dried blood on the posts and more than a dozen pit bulls was shut down by L.A. County sheriffs deputies in the Antelope Valley Wednesday.The owners of the home in Lake Los Angeles, Jesse Jimenez, 43, and his wife, Yvette Jimenez, 41, were arrested during the early morning raid and about an ounce of cocaine was recovered, according to police. The couple was booked in Lancaster for investigation of dog fighting and possession of cocaine and are due in court Friday.

The couple's four children, ages 1, 10, 12 and 14, were placed with child protective services.

"It's unbelievable at times that people can do this to animals who are defenseless," Evelina Villa, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, told AOL News. "It's a very unfortunate situation, we hate to see scenarios like this where people use animals for sport or fight."

Support for LAist comes from

L.A. Sheriff's deputies coordinated the raid over the past month, after a tip left on the LA County 24-hour Dog Fighting Hotline was passed on to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

A conviction for felony animal cruelty can result in a sentence of up to 3 years in prison.

The LA County 24-hour Dog Fighting Tipline (877-NO2FITE or 877-662-3483) was launched in November 2009 and is funded in part by the Humane Society of the U.S. Up to $5,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest or conviction of people engaging in the training or fighting of dogs. The identity of callers will remain confidential.