Man arrested after 11 pit bulls rescued from dog-fighting ring, - WNEM TV 5

Man arrested after 11 pit bulls rescued from dog-fighting ring, neglect

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Source: Genesee County Jail Source: Genesee County Jail
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Nearly a dozen pit bulls have been rescued from deplorable conditions after police acted on an anonymous tip about a dog-fighting ring in Mid-Michigan.

Sheriff Robert Pickell said 11 pit bulls, nine males and two females, were discovered covered in feces at two abandoned homes in Genesee County. The homes were located on the 1100 block of E. Yale Avenue and the 3800 block of Term Street in Flint. 

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Investigators said both homes were abandoned, without power and covered in feces. The dogs chained inside had not been fed or given water in several days and were being transported in the trunks of cars to various locations, according to Pickell. 

Investigators said the dogs were being bred, medicated, and trained for fights. Police found syringes, needles, suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia as well as a medication associated with dog-fighting. 

"This is a sick operation," Pickell said.

Pickell said 32-year-old Bruce Cayton was arrested after trying to retrieve his dogs from animal control. Officers found suspected heroin on Cayton when he was arrested, Pickell said.

He’s facing 17 counts of criminal charges, including felony charges ranging from animal cruelty, fighting and abandonment.

Pickell said at a press conference Thursday, Cayton was a former member of the Pierson Hood Gang. The gang was responsible for multiple murders throughout the city of Flint, the sheriff said. Their crime sprees involved violence, money, drugs and dog-fighting.

All 11 dogs are now being treated. Pickell said they will be put up for adoption after receiving proper care.

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