53 dogs seized in dog fighting ring bust in Lansing, Michigan

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On July 27th, 2017, a dog fighting ring was busted in Lansing, Michigan. Fifty-three dogs were seized from multiple locations as well as dog fighting paraphernalia. The investigation began in April 2017 and culminated at the end of July 2017 with the arrest of a father and daughter. Both are facing criminal charges in Ingham County. Corey Devon Henry 47, and Synquiss Tairee-Devon Antes 26, were arraigned on multiple felony counts of animal fighting.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Henry faces 10 felony counts, including animal fighting, possession of fighting animals or equipment and animal cruelty, and five misdemeanor licensing counts. Antes faces nine counts of animal fighting, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of failing to license a dog.

Animal fighting is punishable by up to four years in prison upon conviction.

A hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for Henry and Antes to stand trial on the charges is set for August 18th, 2017 in Lansing’s 54A District Court. Until then, the dogs are being housed at two different county shelters. Forty-three dogs are at the Ingham County Animal Control and the other teh are housed at the Eaton County Shelter. The dogs are being held at undisclosed auxiliary shelters to protect them from falling into the wrong hands again. Currently, the county is seeking donations of money and food to help care for the animals.

Unfortunately, because the dogs came from a fighting ring, a petition has been filed in the Ingham County Court to have the dogs euthanized. If a judge finds that a dog “lacks any useful purpose and poses a threat to public safety,” it will be euthanized. The hearing for the fate of the dogs will be held on August 25th, 2017, also in Lansing’s 54A District Court.

Since the fate of the dogs was announced, efforts have been made nationwide to save them. According to several pit bull advocates, the dogs are victims in this case, and victims should not be punished. Many advocates are pushing for the judges to allow the dogs to be evaluated by experts. Only a thorough evaluation process will determine how many of them can be rehabilitated and become household pets.

The Anti Dog-Fighting Campaign has set up an advocacy team to collect letters on the dogs’ behalf.  They are asking that all letters be sent via email to savethemipits@gmail.com and they will forward them to the correct judge. There is also a dedicated Facebook page  which also includes a wish list for the shelter.

A petition has been set up to save the 53 dogs from euthanasia.

Donations for the Ingham shelter can be dropped off at 600 Curtis St. in Mason, Michigan. For information call (517) 676-8370. The Eaton shelter, at 756 Courthouse Drive, can be reached at (517) 543-5755. Anyone who believes they lost a pit bull that may be among the group seized during the investigation can email a photo of the dog to reportanimalcruelty@ingham.org.

Despite a lack of signs that any of the dogs were ever household pets, shelter staff will pursue any potential leads with the photos they receive.

The case against Henry and Antes is ongoing and more charges are expected to be filed.


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15 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    If they euthanize the dogs, they learned absolutely nothing from the Michael Vick case! Most dogs can be rehabbed! 4 years in prison is the least that these people should get!

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  2. Gizmos Mommy says:

    Dog fighters are the scum of the earth and totally worthless. Throw these maggot, useless organisms in the nearest body of water with concrete ankle bracelets.

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  3. Daniel Clarkson says:

    Rehabilitation of the dogs is the best option for them. Sure it takes a while, but it’s worth the time and effort. Just hope that suitably qualified people do the assessing, because they know much better than judges and other legal officers.

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  4. Cynthia Como says:

    The cruelty involved in dog fighting is incomprehensible,it’s the epitome of animal cruelty and ranks right up at the top right along with the Yulin dog meat festival! A four year prison sentence is a mere slap on the wrist for the amount of torture involved! If convicted of fighting dogs it should be a MANDATORY 20 year prison sentence,I bet that would get the attention of those thinking about getting involved in dog fighting! My God! Its just damn common sense that if animal abusers are severely punished we would start to slow down the epidemic of animal cruelty. And I think the majority of the American people want animal abusers harshly punished,but “we the people” are continually ignored! These poor dogs are the VICTIMS here and DEFINATELY need to be individually assessed by the professionals who know what the hell they are doing! I’m so,so,so glad these evil monsters were caught!

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  5. Pamela D'Angio says:

    MORE USELESS LAZY FUCKERS MAKING MONEY OFF OF DOGS. THE JUDGE WANTS TO EUTHANIZE OF THE DOGG “LACK ANY USEFUL PURPOSE AND POSES A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY?” SO WHAT ABOUT THESE TWO SCUMBAGS THAT I WANT TO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THEM. THEY DON’T POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND LACK ANY USEFUL PURPOSE TO OUR SOCIETY. WHY ALWAYS THE DAMN ASS ANIMAL LOOK AT THE FUCKED UP HUMANS. TORTURE THESE SCUMS AND LET THEM ROT AND DIE. USELESS POS

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  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    The 53 dogs are VICTIMS not criminals – The ONLY ones who lack a useful purpose and are a danger to public safety are Henry and Antes and they have proven it. Don’t punish the dogs for what they were forced to do, punish the perpetrators – the HUMANS. The dogs can be rehabbed – it has been done with Michael Vick’s canine victims.

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  7. Save the Lansing Michigan Pits says:

    Antes to stand trial on the charges is set for August 18th, 2017 in Lansing’s 54A District Court. – Trial has been moved from 8/18 to 9/22

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    • Pamela Garlisch says:

      Is your organization going to follow this case to make sure he stands trial and doesn’t get a slap on the wrist? Also to make sure the dogs are not euthanized?

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    • Pamela D says:

      IT APPEARS THE INNOCENT DOGS ARE VICTIMIZED ALL AROUND AND ARE ALWAYS TO BLAME. THESE ARE THE SCUMBAGS WHO SHOULD BE USED FOR LAB TESTING NOT INNOCENT ANIMALS, MONKEYS, RABBITS, DOGS, CATS, ETC. BUT WHY SHOULD LABS TEST ON SICK BASTARDS TO WOULD BE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I AM SICK OF HEARING THEY ARE HUMAN NO THEY ARE NOT THEY ARE COWARD MENTALLY SICK SCUMBAG MONSTERS WHO NEED TO SUFFER AND DIE.

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  8. Star Shelley says:

    I have sent my email to the judge to please help these poor defensive pups, not their fault they are victims of animal abuse and cruelty by these low life evil father and daughter, hope they have no peace in their heart, mind and soul and have nightmares for the rest if their pathetic lifes.

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