LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
MEDIA RELATIONS DIVISION
STEVE COOLEY • District Attorney
JOSEPH SCOTT • Director
JOHN K. SPILLANE • Chief Deputy District Attorney
SANDI GIBBONS • P.I.O.
JANE ROBISON • News Secretary
18-1112 Criminal Courts Building
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
March 27, 2008
(Embargoed by source to 11 a.m. March 27)
D.A. teams with Humane Society of the United States,
other agencies in dogfighting crackdown
LOS ANGELES – District Attorney Steve Cooley joined forces today with the Humane
Society of the United States (HSUS) and local agencies to crack down on dogfighting, a
form of animal cruelty that often goes undetected.
Cooley said the program features a $5,000 reward offered by the HSUS for tips leading to
the arrest and conviction of those involved in the illegal activity. Another portion involves
use of Los Angeles County’s 2-1-1 line to report mistreatment of animals.
“We think an increased awareness of this cruel so-called sport will help Animal Cruelty
Task Force investigators in their efforts to uncover what is believed to be a pervasive
underground animal fighting business in Los Angeles County,” Cooley said.
He noted that just last month, a South Los Angeles man was sent to prison for five years
for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. During the investigation, 17 pit bulls were
confiscated – many underweight and suffering from fresh wounds – along with training
equipment. The case came from a tip from a member of the public.
“Animal fighting not only promotes the mistreatment and killing of animals, it also makes
communities vulnerable to byproduct crimes such as illegal gambling, assault, drugs and
weapons,” Cooley said. “It is also widely recognized that those who abuse animals are
more likely to engage in violence against humans.”
While the HSUS’ dogfighting rewards program is not new, for many years the standing
reward was $2,500. Last summer, a $200,000 do