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Dogfighting suspected at vacant Youngstown home

Published: Fri, December 23, 2011 @ 12:09 a.m.


Officials found five dogs and a dogfighting setup inside this abandoned West Myrtle Avenue home on Youngstown’s South Side earlier this week. Three of the dogs are in the care of the county dog warden, but two were missing when officials went to remove

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police and the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s office are looking for two dogs that were harbored in an abandoned South Side home and believed to have been used in organized dogfighting.

Dave Nelson, deputy dog warden, said agents with the dog warden’s office planned to knock on doors and search for the two animals today. He has some leads as to where the two dogs might be, he said Thursday.

Nelson and Youngstown police were alerted to the vacant and abandoned West Myrtle Avenue home earlier this week when a resident called police about a dog on the roof of the house. Police discovered at least five dogs in various parts of the house.

Nelson said barriers inside the house were situated in a way that suggested dogfighting had been taking place inside. He said there are also witnesses to dogs being taken in and out of the house.

Officials were able to remove three dogs — a cane corso, a beagle and an American bulldog — from the house Wednesday, but were forced to leave two dogs in the house until Thursday because the floor boards in the house were too unstable. The two dogs were left with fresh water and food.

Nelson said officials returned Thursday to retrieve the dogs, but the animals, along with all the food and water dishes, were gone. He said someone likely came to the house overnight and took the animals elsewhere.

Nelson said anyone found to be involved in the dog fighting or removal of the two animals could face felony charges of dogfighting.

The three dogs taken from the house are at the county dog pound and recovering well, Nelson said.

“This dogfighting thing is illegal, but it is big business. I interviewed a young kid who told me that he could make up to $500 or $700 a week doing this. It is a problem,” he said. “I will file charges on anyone involved in this and continue to make sure that anyone witnessing or involved faces the appropriate charges.”

The Myrtle Avenue address has a history with dogs. The former female resident who lived in the house until about eight years ago kept about 35 dogs in the house, Nelson said. Those animals were removed and placed with other families when she died.


1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Mr.Nelson I sincerely hope you stay on this and find the low life trash responsible for this.
I'm guessing the poor dogs that were removed from the house were being used as bait dogs to train the fighting dogs which I have to assume are pitt bulls.

Only heartless subhuman trash can be this cruel and they belong behind bars.
I'm glad those poor dogs were rescued before they were destroyed but Iam so sick of the scumbags that have over run this valley.
Should be OPEN SEASON on the sobs'!!

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2Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

After I saw this on the news all I could think about was 'two dogs were left', had to back up my DVR to make sure I heard it correctly...they left 2 dogs in that condition, knowing the whole neighborhood is watching them?????
I said outloud, 'there's no way the dogs will still be there tomorrow'.
Those dogs, along with so many are suffering as I type.
I pray the authorities get this underworld scum in time for Christmas.
My own Christmas wish.

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3jtwaldie(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Left the two dogs behind, umm, the floor boards were weak, umm, any more lackadaisical excuses? ACOs in the county are infamous throughout the country for this stupidity and donothingness! Are you idiots on the payroll for the dogfighters, maybe?

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4southsidedave(5185 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

More carnage in the city...ridiculous

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