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Thursday, Feb 7, 2008County: Rapides
Alleged: Silentoe Kywan Foster
Silentoe Kywan Foster, 31, of Alexandria was charged with four counts of dog fighting, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and excessive sound or noise on Thursday.
Alexandria Police discovered the pit bulls, which they suspect have been used for dog fighting, and dogfighting paraphernalia after a traffic stop led officers to a search of Foster's home. The dogs had scarring and injuries associated with dog fighting and demonstrated aggressive tendencies, said Alexandria Animal Control Superintendent Henry Wimbley.
The dogs will remain in the custody of the city unless Foster posts bond totaling $1,400 for the dogs - $6 a day per dog for at least 30 days. If Foster doesn't post the bond within 15 days, the dogs could be destroyed, Wimbley said.
Foster also would have to comply with the city's ordinance regarding vicious dogs - which pit bulls are considered in this area - that requires $300,000 in liability insurance per dog, a $50-per-dog registration fee, implanting a microchip in each dog and proper enclosure and containment of the dogs.
The six adult dogs, Wimbley said, probably will have to be destroyed if not claimed by Foster as they showed aggressive tendencies. Five of the adult dogs were female, and a couple of them are suspected of being pregnant, Wimbley said.
The two puppies can't be adopted from the shelter because the city has a policy that says the adoption of vicious dogs is not allowed. So unless a rescue agency takes the eight-week-old puppies, they will be destroyed if Foster doesn't post bond.
The dogs were found on chains, some were standing in areas of flooding and some had no food or water. The two puppies were found in a nearby storage shed, Wimbley said.
Foster has no bond because of a hold for a probation violation, Rapides Parish Jail officials said. Once the hold is lifted, his bond will be $11,500.
- Nola - Feb 10, 2008
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