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Case ID: 12146
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

County: New Castle

Disposition: Convicted

» Diane Potts - Alleged
» Lamar Potts
» Aziz Simmons

Discovered in a house in the 600 block of E. Eighth St., was a bloody basement dogfighting ring. The owner, Diane Potts, 49, said she owned the dog in the basement but knew nothing about the ring, a police report said. Her 22-year-old son, Lamar, said the dog belonged to another man inside, the report said. The younger Potts said he thought Aziz Simmons, 34, had been fighting dogs while no one else was home.

All three were charged with dogfighting, cruelty and other offenses.

Although officers had seized the bloody ring and other evidence, court records show that in June 2007, prosecutors dropped the dogfighting charge and let Lamar Potts and Simmons plead guilty to a single count of animal cruelty. Both were put on probation for one year and ordered not to own or possess an animal for five years. Diane Potts' trial is scheduled for September 2007.

Asked why the dogfighting charges were dropped, Biden spokesman Miller could not provide a reason.


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