19 dogs seized in Pueblo for alleged dog fighting ring, arrests made
Authorities raided what they believed to be a dog fighting ring in Pueblo on Thursday, seizing more than a dozen animals and arresting multiple people.
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.
On Thursday, the search warrant was executed. Nineteen dogs were seized along with evidence tied to animal fighting. 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. Both Grady and Vigil were booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center, but have since been released on PR bonds.
According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News, some of the animals seized were puppies. There are also details that state Grady showed undercover officers around the property and even explained how the dogs would fight.
The dogs are now being cared for at Pueblo Animal Services as the case moves forward.
"Some of the dogs had some old scarring and some of them did have fresh bite wounds," Lindsey Vigna with Pueblo Animal Services told 11 News. "So right now we are working with our veterinary team assessing the medical needs of the animals at this time."
Court papers go on to say Vigil would train the dogs for fighting on the property. If both men are found guilty, they could face prison time.
Many in the community were concerned about the welfare of the dogs and what their future would hold. Pueblo Animal Services says that depends on the court process and what a judge decides as the case moves forward.