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Case ID: 13515
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Monday, Mar 17, 2008

County: New Castle

Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

» Erik L. Henderson
» Roy E. Lee

Two Fox Point men are facing animal cruelty charges after a complaint about two fighting pit bulls led to the discovery of five dogs living in unsanitary conditions on their property.

Erik L. Henderson, 33, and his father, Roy E. Lee, 53, both of the first block of N. Cannon Drive in Edgemoor Gardens, each were charged Monday with five counts of cruelty to animals and 15 other offenses.

Nicholas Pepe, an animal control officer with the Delaware SPCA, said the charges stem from a Feb. 17 complaint about two aggressive pit bulls fighting.

When New Castle County police and animal control officers arrived, they were able to contain one of the fighting pit bulls. The second continued fighting and had to be subdued with a stun gun, Pepe said.

Five pit bulls were found living in unsanitary conditions on the property.

Pepe said the kennel area was covered with fecal matter, mud and debris, so animal officials confiscated the canines.

All of the dogs were underweight and had to be treated for parasites, Pepe said.

Two of the pit bulls were puppies and tested positive for the parvo virus that attacks the lining of the dog's digestive system and prevents it from absorbing nutrients or liquids.

Pepe said one of the confiscated dogs died from injuries suffered when it was subdued.

Henderson was released on $2,500 secured bail. Lee remained in Young Correctional Institution Wednesday after failing to post $2,500 secured bail.


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