Update on animals seized in alleged dog fighting case

Photo courtesy: Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - More than a dozen dogs are continuing to be assessed and treated as a case moves forward on an alleged dog fighting ring in southern Colorado.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says Pueblo Animal Services was granted legal custody of the 19 dogs on Monday. Four of those dogs were transferred to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for further behavior assessment and training. Three of those dogs were returned to their legal owners, the humane society says those dogs belonged to people in the home who are not facing felony charges tied to the dog fighting case. The rest of the dogs were undergoing medical and behavior evaluations as of Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities raided what they believed to be a dog fighting ring in Pueblo on Feb. 1, seizing the animals and arresting multiple people. According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News, some of the animals seized were puppies. Sometime in January, police, alongside Animal Law Enforcement, started investigating the case in the 1400 block of E. Beech Street. Detectives conducted an investigation and were able to issue a search warrant for the property.

Five people were arrested. Three of those five were taken into custody on active-arrest warrants. The other two, 73-year-old Jerry Dewayne Gradey and 35-year-old Armando Eloy Vigil were arrested for Animal Fighting, a class 5 felony.

Video of some of the dogs being transferred to Boulder can be viewed below: