PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – A Placerville man is charged with allegedly 27 pit bulls on his property used for dog fighting, the U.S. Attorney General said Thursday
Carlos Villasenor, 38, has been charged with possession of dogs for use in an animal fighting operation on 27 cases.
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The dogs were confiscated during a search warrant served on June 17, the DOJ said. Many of the dogs had untreated health problems and one had injuries to the face that were consistent with injuries from an attack with another dog. Paperwork was found that shod Villasenor owned dogs that were used in dog fights.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office previously said the dogs would be bred and sold to fight.
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Officials said items related to dog fighting were found on the property, including a breed stand, treadmills, and veterinary supplies such as skin staplers, antibiotics, syringes and IV bags.
If convicted, Villasenor could face five years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000 in addition to compensation for rehabilitation and care of the dogs.
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“This investigation and indictment should send a strong zero-tolerance message to those who trade in causing pain and suffering to animals,” said Patricia Contreras, Special Representative for the US Department of Agriculture inspector-general. “We appreciate the commitment of our federal partners in pursuing these death suppliers who run animal fighting companies.”