California couple arrested for dogfighting

March 3, 2011 at 12:27 PM

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Police arrested a California couple on suspicion of running a dogfighting operation and cocaine possession, officers said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said police and animal control officers Wednesday found -- in a home in Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County -- 17 pit bulls, some of which were tied to stakes outdoors near a blood-stained fighting ring, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Many of the dogs were suffering from injuries, the Times reported.

They also found treadmills, medicine, surgical equipment for treating injured animals, manuals on dogfighting and breeding, training records, and an ounce of cocaine, police said.

At the home, police arrested Jesse Jimenez, 43, and his wife, Yvette Jimenez, 41, for alleged felony dogfighting and possession of a controlled substance, officers said.

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