Update on Dog Fighting Operation in Chatham - Tilbury Trio Face an Additional 276 Charges
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Chatham-Kent, ON (October 15, 2015) - On October 9, 2015, as part of a joint-forces operation, members of the Ontario SPCA and Chatham-Kent Police Service executed three warrants at a residence on Morris Line in Tilbury East Township.
31 ‘pit bull type’ dogs and a large quantity of evidence consistent with the training of dogs to fight was seized. Fifteen shotguns and rifles along with a significant amount of marijuana was also found and seized.
Initially, John Robert, 43 years, Kim Robert, 39 years, and Michel Gagnon, 41 years, all of Morris Line were each charged with two counts of animal cruelty and two counts of careless storage of a firearm.
The dogs have been placed in the care of the Ontario SPCA where they are continuing to be individually assessed and treated.
As a result of the fluid investigation, and tremendous amount of evidence located and seized from the scene, investigators have now laid additional charges.
This morning, the Chatham-Kent Police Service charged each of the accused with the following 92 additional charges:
- 31 counts of Unlawfully Owning a Pit Bull Type Dog contrary to Dog Owner’s Liability Act
- 30 counts of Cruelty to Animals – causing unnecessary pain, suffering, injury to an animal contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
- 15 counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
- 11 counts of Careless Storage of a Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
- 4 counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
- 1 count of Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
All three were remanded into custody following their arrest on Friday. They are all scheduled to appear in bail court today.
Inspector Brad Dewar
Const. Renee Cowell
Chatham-Kent Police Service
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