Suspected Dog Fighter Caught & Charged

By: News 10
By: News 10

After nearly three years on the run--- a suspected dog fighter will face a judge. Bernardino Gomez was arraigned on two counts of animal fighting last week.

News 10 first told you about Gomez in April 2008-- after nearly 30 pit bulls were seized from his Delhi Township home. Police were initially there to search for drugs-- but found dogs chained and confined in crates in the home's basement. Most of the pit bulls had signs of abuse, neglect and hostility. Police also found dog-fighting literature and other items to suggest Gomez had been fighting those pit bulls.

Not long after --- Gomez and his wife, Jamie--- took off, possibly to Colorado. Ingham County Animal Control got word this past weekend Bernardino Gomez had been caught and arraigned on dog fighting charges.

As for his wife Jamie, she was slapped with a $35,000 fine back in 2008--- the cost to care for the seized pit bulls while they were at the shelter. Animal control isn't sure what her status is at this time-- but there are no court records to show she's been charged with any crime.

Animal control tells News 10 it's hoping to have Gomez's court appearances scheduled for this week pushed back--- since many of the officers involved in the arrest aren't in this week. If there is enough evidence to send Gomez to trial and he's convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison.

According To Animal Control, of the 29 dogs that were seized, about 6 of them were able to be rehabilitated and placed with families--- mostly because of their young age. The rest had to be put down.


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