Deputies Bust Dog Fight Training Center

Authorities said the facility had surgical equipment to treat injured dogs

Friday, Mar 4, 2011  |  Updated 6:07 AM PDT
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Dog Fighting Ring Busted

Authorities find 17 pit bulls, a portable fighting ring, and an ounce of cocaine at a home near Lancaster.
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Authorities seized 17 pit bulls during a Los Angeles sheriff's bust of an elaborate Mojave Desert dog fighting training center.

Deputies said the center included treadmills and surgical equipment to treat injured animals.

Deputies and animal control officers on Wednesday conducted an operation at the remote Lake Los Angeles home that's 17 miles east of Palmdale and about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. They arrested 43-year-old Jesse Jimenez and his 41-year-old wife, Yvette Jimenez.

Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said in a news release that the couple has been booked for investigation of felony dog fighting and possession of cocaine. Their four children were taken into protective custody.
       

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