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Case ID: 11832
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Monday, Feb 28, 2005

County: Converse

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Ruben Pacheco

Reuben Pacheco, 37, was first arrested in March 2005 on 11 counts of animal cruelty when police officers responded to a dog fight. The 11 pit bulls, ranging in age from puppies to 10 years old, were impounded at the shelter after a veterinarian treated two for bite wounds and deemed all the dogs severely neglected and possibly abused, a court affidavit stated.

Pleading guilty to the cruelty counts in Circuit Court, Pacheco served 13 days in jail and was sentenced to six months of probation, during which time he was banned from owning any animals, according to court documents. Judge Vince Case also ordered the 11 canines, suspected of being used as fighting dogs, put down.

Pacheco was later convicted of felony burglary stemming from the theft of 5 of the dogs from the Douglas Animal Shelter


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