LAKE LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A couple was arrested and 17 pit bulls seized when authorities raided a dog-fight training center equipped with treadmills and surgical gear to treat wounded dogs.
Many of the dogs were tied to stakes in the yard and dried blood was found on a portable wooden fighting ring found leaning against a wall, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said.
Jesse Jimenez, 43, and his wife, Yvette, 41, were arrested during Wednesday’s raid and about an ounce of cocaine was recovered, Captain Mike Parker said in a news release. The couple was booked for investigation of dog fighting and possession of cocaine.
Their four children, ages 1 through 14, were placed with child protective services.
During interrogation, both suspects acknowledged their role in the fight center, Parker said. .
An attorney for the couple could not be located. Parker did not immediately return a telephone message.
Items found at the compound included surgical tools, medicine, intravenous saline solution, and syringes, along with tools needed for stitches, Parker said.