Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MD - A FATHER AND HIS SON HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ORGANIZING AND CONDUCTING DOG FIGHTING AND COCKFIGHTING



Sergio Santiago Sr., 70, and Sergio Santiago Jr., 41, are accused of owning at least 61 birds and eight dogs and using their homes in Gaithersburg and Clarksburg for breeding and training dogs and birds, as well as conducting dog fights and cockfighting, police say.
When Montgomery County Police served warrants, officers found videos of the men training, observing, and encouraging birds and dogs to fight. They were in possession of various types of equipment used in training and conducting the fights between animals.
Police recovered an iPad, external computer hard drives, veterinarian medications, a treadmill for dogs, sparring muffs, incubators with eggs, and printed instructions on training and preparing animals for blood sports.
Emails and texts were recovered from computers detailing a history of dogs being bred, sold, and trained to fight, including evidence of coded language used by suspects engaged in dogfighting, police say.
An animal cruelty investigator assisted officers in the investigation and identification of equipment and other evidence of the dog fighting and cockfighting.
The two homes where police say the Santiagos lived and conducted their animal fights are listed as 202 Rabbit Rd. in Gaithersburg and 22615 North Frederick Rd. in Clarksburg.

http://wjla.com/news/local/father-son-charged-with-conducting-cockfighting-dog-fighting-in-montgomery-county

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