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Police suspect dog fighting in death of pit bull

Updated: April 16, 2014 6:04AM



SCHERERVILLE — Police are hoping to find out more about a dead pit bull that was dumped Jan. 22 by a trash container behind a business in the 1600 block of U.S. 41, police spokesman Cmdr. Brian Neyhart said Wednesday.

He said police believe the dog, which weighed approximately 100 pounds, died from dog-fighting injuries. It had fresh bite marks as well as old scars, blood around the mouth and a wide indentation from a heavy collar that appeared to have been around its neck for some time, according to Neyhart.

Officers have been working with the town’s animal control department and have spoken to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for guidance, Neyhart said.

“We’re confident (any dog fighting) didn’t happen in town. It may have occurred in Illinois or in a surrounding town, and they left him here,” he said.

The last major dog-fighting ring broken up in Lake County was July 2011.

Juble Nathan Hairston, 35, of Gary, pleaded guilty to promoting or staging an animal fighting contest, a Class D felony, and misdemeanor possession of animal fighting paraphernalia. He was sentenced to prison for his crimes.

Hairston also agreed to perform 120 hours of community service and pay $2,000 of the $70,000 in restitution to the Humane Society of the United States to cover the cost to care for the animals seized in the case, said Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Michelle Dvorscak.

Anyone with information should contact the Schererville police or Jan Kalinowski at the animal control shelter at (219) 865-6992.



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