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Deputies find grow op, signs of dog fighting operation in Graham

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm with 14 Comments »
October 5, 2009 2:41 pm
Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department

A domestic violence call led to the discovery of a mid-size marijuana grow operation and possible dog fighting operation this weekend in the Graham area.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 36-year-old man Saturday morning on suspicion of first-degree domestic violence assault and unlawful manufacturing of marijuana, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

They also seized 22 pit bulls – most with scars all over their bodies and others with fresh wounds – that were caged separately on the property in the 9200 block of 229th Street East. The dogs are being housed with the Humane Society of Tacoma-Pierce County.

Deputies also confiscated syringes, antibiotics and literature on giving supplements to fighting dogs, Troyer said.

“It appears they were doing their own animal care,” he said. “They had antibiotics, needles and everything else to do it themselves.”

Troyer said deputies were initially called about 9 a.m. Saturday for a man outside the house, waving a gun and making threats. They arrived and arrested the man without incident.

Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department

The deputies obtained warrants and searched the house and surrounding property. That’s when they found the marijuana grow operation and pit bulls.

“Some of the dogs were aggressive toward the officers when we got there,” Troyer said. “All the dogs have scars on their faces, heads, necks and chest areas.”

Investigators also found treadmills believed to be used to train the dogs and dog bones and remains.

A veterinarian responded to the house to evaluate the dogs. The Sheriff’s Department’s animal control officers, special investigations unit and the Humane Society are involved in the investigation.

Troyer said the investigation into the dog fighting is just starting.

“We’ve interviewed some other people and we are going to continue with it,” he said.

Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. PolarBear53 says:

    If its smells like a turd, looks like a turd, its probably a turd. Yes they were running a dog fighting operation.

  2. Palin2012 says:

    I thought Michael Vick went to Philadelphia!

  3. lenaction says:

    Agreed, polar bear. Shame too.

  4. Horrible. We’re dealing with too many outside influences in this area.

  5. Kill the meth heads.

  6. Shattah206 says:

    Is this “Groundhog Day”? Seems like we just read this headline . . . and it was out in that area too . . . YIKES!

  7. annadee says:

    Would be fitting to put the meth head sick inhumane sorry excuses for the human race into a loose on the treadmill and then put them in a closed pen that they used for those poor dogs and let those poor dogs go at them.

  8. AmandaC says:

    I will keep these dogs in my prayers. Hurts my heart to read this story. These pups are victims, and hopefully will be treated as such. What a bunch of dirtbag people.

  9. sunup500 says:

    nice people……….what can you say? i have had the misfortune to come across a piece of garbage who made national news a few months ago for the very same thing. His attitude was he should be able to do what he wants with his dogs. he disposeed of his dogs by drowning them in a septic tank. He stole neighbors dogs to use them to train his dogs. nice huh? these animals are murderers in the making. they arent remorseful for what they have done. they regret having been caught. Oh yeah…….the latest thing is to have the dogs fight in the back of an 18 wheeler going down the highway, while they have the “show” on the internet. and they walk among us?

  10. Gregorious says:

    terrible! these people are messed up in a bad way treating animals in such a cruel fashion..What gives with the cops,great they arrested some knothead without incident on the front of the property
    why do they have a right to warrant search of the whole place

  11. There’s not a punishment harsh enough for the scum that would injure an animal. I just spent three days rescuing a kitten that some dirtbag abandoned, it’s litter mates had already died and this one was hiding in a way that was difficult to get to. I only wish that public hanging was still as popular as it used to be, that’s where these cowardly punks should be, dangling from a noose in front of the courthouse.

  12. Carlat99 says:

    (“Deputies also confiscated syringes, antibiotics and literature on giving supplements to fighting dogs, Troyer said. “It appears they were doing their own animal care,” he said. “They had antibiotics, needles and everything else to do it themselves.”)

    Maybe if having these things were illegal like they are for humans, this would happen a little less often… Just a thought.
    Carla

  13. “why do they have a right to warrant search of the whole place ”

    Because when they went to the property they saw things that looked illegal, DUH. We should be glad they went after a search warrant not blaming them for it. They did the right thing!

    These people deserve to go to jail for a very long time and should never be legally allowed to own animals EVER.

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