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News Release

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty Charges

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles City Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) served a dog fighting search warrant in the 6600 block of South 4th Avenue. On January 16, 2008, the ACTF arrested Jerome Woods, 55, of Los Angeles for 597.5(a)(1) PC, Animal Cruelty.

The ACTF seized eleven Staffordshire Bull Terriers (commonly referred to as pit bulls) that exhibited scarring from possible dog fighting. Exercise equipment, medicine, bloody towels, and bloodstained fighting pits were also seized. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for review and felony filing. If convicted, Woods could face a state prison sentence.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force is made up of Los Angeles Police Officers and Detectives, Animal Service Officers from the Department of Animal Services and Deputy City Attorney's from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

Reports of animal cruelty can be reported to the Animal Cruelty Task Force at 213-847-1417.