Man arrested for animal cruelty

May 31, 2009 6:46:30 PM PDT
A suspected dog fighting training home was raided by the SPCA Sunday.A call was placed to an animal shelter about a dead dog in the rear of a home at the 900 block of Wynnewood Road in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania SPCA and police were called out to the scene to investigate.

They seized just under 20 pit bulls that officers say were used for fighting.

They believe the home was used as a training site.

The dogs were all loaded into cages and taken to the PSCPA shelter for evaluation and treatment.

Officers also seized a cache of weapons from the home, including semi-automatic weapons and ammuniation.

Police have arrested David Nigro on 19 counts of animal cruelty and lack of veterinary care.

Though there are no dog fighting charges as of yet, PSPCA officials say their Chief Forensic Veterinarian is examining the dogs and "if she finds evidence consistent with dog fighting, then additional charges will be added."

"However, we already know that many of the dogs were badly scarred and had wounds consistent with dog fighting, which indicates that they'd been used for fighting at some point," PSPCA officials tell Action News.

If Nigro is charged with dog fighting and found guilty, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania considers dog fighting a 3rd Degree Felony; those found guilty face a maximum of 7 years in jail and a maximum fine of $15,000.

The PSPCA are also able to confim that the dead dog was killed by two other dogs

SPCA advises anyone interested in helping these dogs and others like them to visit "The Etana Fund to Stop Cruelty Against Animals" started by Chase and Jen Utley" at http://www.pspca.org/donate/funds#etana or call (215) 426-6300.

"This money is used to prevent and prosecute animal abuse and neglect cases, including dog fighting rings. Support from "The Etana Fund" enabled our officers to rescue the dogs from Wynnewood Road today," the PSPCA said.

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