Animal Cruelty Task Force Breaks Up Major Dog-Fighting Operation

November 28, 1999

A news conference to announce that the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) has rescued dogs and made  two arrests in the break-up of a major dog-fighting operation. Visuals will include photos and at least one of the rescued dogs.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 12:30 p.m.

LAPD Parker Center (in front of building)
150 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cárdenas, District 6
LAPD Chief William Bratton
LAPD Assistant Chief Sharon Papa
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Debbie Kanan
LAPD ACTF Detectives

LAPD detectives conducted an exhaustive investigation to rescue the dogs and expose those responsible for their mistreatment. The dog-fighting operation proved to be a major player in the illegal training and breeding of the animals for illicit fights, with recovered evidence that included 17 dogs, many of whom were scarred, injured and underfed. Some had very recent injuries, open sores, and all were suffering from severe dermatitis due to flea infestation.

 More information is available by contacting LAPD Media Relations, 213-485-3586.