On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Connecticut State Police announced the arrest of three Connecticut men and the seizure of seven dogs in Orange in connection to an illegal dog fighting syndicate that spans Connecticut and New York.
On Oct. 5, police and animal control executed a search warrant at 968 Grassy Hill Road in Orange after an investigation into suspected animal cruelty. It was suspected the owner was keeping dogs for fighting.
The Grassy Hill address was developed from leads in the illegal dog fighting investigation with the Suffolk County PD.
In the search on Tuesday, police seized evidence indicating dogs were being used for illegal fighting at the property. Additionally, dogs found in outdoor kennel structures on the property were found in unsanitary conditions and tethered in their cages in an unlawful manner.
As a result of the search, seven dogs were seized and placed in the care and custody of the state Department of Agriculture and will be housed at the Milford Animal Control.
Criminal charges related to animal cruelty are expected.
“These pit bulls were viciously abused and conditioned to be aggressive and violent fighters,” Attorney General William Tong said at the time. “A multi-state police investigation is ongoing and those responsible for these heinous crimes will be held to justice.”
On Sept. 27, police found and arrested men – considered fugitives from justice – in connection to the investigation: Getulio Vargas Maedo, 46, of Bridgeport, Jose Rivera, 42, of Meriden, and Nelson Rivera, 43, of Meriden.
All three are detained without bond. They appeared in court on Sept. 28.
— Source CT State Police and WTNH