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Several arrested in suspected dog fighting operation

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Pueblo Police and Animal Law Enforcement officers arrested five people Thursday as part of an undercover dog fighting investigation. A total of 19 dogs were removed from the property in Pueblo's East Side neighborhood.

Two of men were charged with a felonies for alleged dog fighting and will soon be release from jail.  The judge granted defendants Jerry Grady, 73, and Armando Vigil, 35, personal recognizance bonds at an advisement hearing Friday afternoon. 

(73-year-old Jerry Dewayne Grady)

(35-year-old Armando Eloy Vigil)

Three other men,Anthony Lewis, 56, Cory Cockerham, 26, and Danny Hon, 51, were all arrested on outstanding warrants.

Animal Law Enforcement Officer Lt. Lindsey Vigna said the dogs are a variety breeds, mostly pit bull mixes with some chows, shepherds and chihuahuas as well.

"Some of them have old scarring, some old wounds. Some have fresh wounds and just some general stress health concerns that we're addressing at this time," Vigna said. 

According to the warrant, officers first received a tip that dog fighting was taking place at the property in the 1400 Block of Beech Street last February. The tipster shared photos of bloody dogs on a scale and a dog fighting ring which were shared from Grady's phone without his knowledge.

Undercover officers posed as dog buyers last month and approached Grady looking to buy a pit bull for fights.

"We had been to the property prior to, on calls of too many animals on property," explained Lt. Vigna. "So, we just partnered with the Pueblo Police Department on digging deeper into the case."

The undercover officers told the court that Grady showed them a homemade treadmill he used to train the dogs. They also retell a conversation they had with Grady in which he describes "cajun rules" for dog fighting.

When officers searched the property Thursday, they found blood in one of the buildings.

"From this point we'll keep working with the police department and our partners at the DA's office to ensure that these individuals are held accountable for putting the dogs in this situation."

Grady was charged with dog fighting at least once before. However, that 2001 case was ultimately dismissed.

Grady is scheduled to appear in court next on February 15.

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