18 nabbed for dog fighting

At approximately 11 p.m., officers from the Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police raided a home located at 906 East State Road 205.

The officers discovered a fighting “ring” made of plywood as well as a bloody pitbull type of dog inside the ring. Two other dogs were located in the house. One was a pitbull type that was injured and bleeding. The other was a young dog with no injuries.

Taken into custody were two Churubusco men, Edward E. Smith, a resident at the address on Highway 205 and Robert Stouder. Smith was charged with two Class D felonies for promoting an animal fighting contest, a Class D felony for purchasing an animal for a fighting contest as well as two Class A misdemeanors for possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Stouder was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for attending an animal fighting contest. Sixteen other people from out of State were also arrested and charged with attending an animal fighting contest.

All 18 of the people were in court on January 2 for their first court appearance. One person pled guilty to the charges and was given one year in jail with six months to serve and 40 hours of community service plus court costs.

All of the rest pleaded not guilty and their pre-trial conferences are scheduled for January 29 and February 12.

All three animals were taken to the Whitley County Humane Shelter.

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