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Gary man nets 40 dogfighting charges

More than 40 criminal charges have been filed against a Gary man charged with running a dogfighting operation.

Juble Nathan Hairston, 33, of 968 Willard St., was charged in Lake Superior Court in Crown Point with promoting or staging an animal fighting contest, using an animals in a fighting contest, eight counts of promoting an animal fighting contest, 11 counts of purchasing or possessing an animal for a fighting contest, 19 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count of possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.

Authorities were tipped June 6 to Hairston’s alleged dog-fighting operation by an inmate in the work release program who had witnessed fights, which the man said occurred inside Hairston’s living room and in what appeared to be a makeshift fighting ring in garage at a nearby vacant home.

One month later, Lake County police raided the home and with the assistance of the Humane Society of the United States removed 19 American pitbull terriers from the home. Many of the dogs bore scars and none had food or water available, the probable cause affidavit states.

Police recovered medication used to treat injuries and a treadmill commonly used to condition dogs for fighting. The witness told police about 40 dogs were involved in the alleged operation.

In July police arrested four people, but none has been charged with dogfighting offenses.

The owner of the property where the alleged dogfights occurred told police Hairston rented the garage for $100 a month. The owner denied knowledge of the fights.

Authorities said the dogfighting had been going on from around Jan. 1 to July 7 when police executed search warrants. Court records indicate that Hairston had been tipped off to the raid and moved a number of his fighting dogs from the home.

Hairston’s bail is set at $100,000 surety, or $10,000 cash. The case is assigned to Judge Salvador Vasquez.

The felony counts are punishable by a maximum three-year sentence.



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