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Sunday, August 9, 2009 — A late night raid in Hopkins Park led to the arrest of 7 individuals when investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police stopped a dog fight in progress, according to the Office of Sheriff Thomas J. Dart.

   Sheriff’s Police surrounded the Kankakee County farm after developing information during  a  two month-long investigation, that the fight was scheduled for Saturday night.  Seven people were arrested, including a man who brought his 5-year-old daughter to the dog fight.

   More than 40 officers from several agencies worked together to secure the scene.  Nine severely scarred pit bull dogs were seized and turned over to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge.  Nearly $20,000 in cash from betting was also seized.

   Those arrested were:

The following individuals were charged for attending a dog fight, which is a misdemeanor:

   During the raid, one of the pit bulls in the fighting ring escaped and attacked a Cook County Sheriff’s Police officer and his canine partner.  Both were treated and released.

   “The investigative efforts put forth by the officers of the Animal Crimes Unit  not only protects the dogs subjected to this torture, but also innocent children forced to witness this violence ,” stated Sheriff Dart.  “It is something that no child should ever see.”

   This is the second time since its 2007 formation that the Cook County Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit has stopped a fight in progress.  They have rescued more than 150 dogs from dog fighting rings and puppy mills.

   Sheriff Dart commended the officers for their hard work and also thanked officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Animal Crimes Unit, Hostage Barricade and Terrorist Team and Helicopter Unit; officers from the Illinois State Police and their SWAT team;  the Kankakee County Sheriff, Chicago Police and the U.S.D.A  for their assistance.

   Anyone with information about dog fighting is urged to call the Cook County Sheriff’s Police at (708) 865-4720.

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