April 19, 2010 (CHICAGO) --
Chicago police broke up a dog fight on the city's West Side late Sunday night. Eight gang members were arrested, according to police, at a two-story home in the 1000 block of North Kilbourn Avenue. The dog fight was held in the first floor apartment.
Three pit bulls recovered at the home were euthanized due to extensive injuries. A fourth animal was found locked in the trunk of a 1985 Buick Regal.
Police said the offenders tried to run from the fight, but eight people were taken into custody: Richard Bullock, 28, of the 4400 block of W. Madison, Jonol Morrow, 28 of the 4400 block of W. Rice and Demetris Wyatt, 23, of the 4900 block of W. Augusta Blvd. were each charged with one felony count of Promoting Dog Fighting. Antonio Curry, 29, of the 700 block of N. Central Park Av.; Pierre Dixon, 26, of the 1100 block of S. Albany Av.; Larry Green, 33, of the 1200 block of S. Central Park Av.; Yarmell Ruffin, 25, of the 5200 block of W. Congress Parkway and Austin Shaffer, 23, of the 1000 block of N. Kilbourn Av. were each charged with a misdemeanor count of Attending/ Patronizing a Dog Fight.
Two handguns, crack cocaine, cannabis and dog fighting equipment were also recovered at the scene, according to police.
The suspects will appear in bond court Monday.