Man gets 18 months detention and probation for dog fighting
BY RUTH ANN KRAUSE Post-Tribune correspondent September 10, 2013 6:52PM
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:35AM
A Gary man will serve 18 months of home detention and probation for staging dog fights in 2011.
Juble Nathan Hairston, 34, of the Glen Park section, agreed to perform 120 hours of community service, pay $2,000 in restitution to the Humane Society of the United States to cover the cost to care for the animals seized in the case . He also cannot possess a vertebrate animal, such as a dog or cat, while he is serving his sentence.
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez handed down the sentence Tuesday.
Hairston, who pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to promoting or staging an animal fighting contest, a class D felony, and misdemeanor possession of animal fighting paraphernalia, will serve six months in Lake County Community Corrections day-reporting program and 12 months on probation. He will have a felony conviction on his criminal record.
Hairston must pay $1,025 in fees to community corrections on an unrelated case before Oct. 1, when an electronic ankle monitor will become available.
Vasquez said he felt the plea agreement seemed reasonable and imposed the sentence outlined in the agreement.
Hairston admitted that between Jan. 1, 2011 and July 7, 2011, he promoted and staged an animal-fighting contest in a garage down the street from a home he had control over in the 900 block of Willard Street in Gary.
On July 7, 2011, Lake County police executed a search warrant at a home at 968 Willard St., Gary, and located animal fighting paraphernalia of Hairston’s, including a slat mill – a treadmill commonly used to condition dogs for fighting. Hairston also admitted he had animal fighting gear in his possession during that time in 2011.
In September 2011, authorities charged Hairston with 41 counts, including promoting an animal fighting contest, possessing animals for an animal fighting contest, and animal cruelty. At that time, police seized 20 dogs.