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Case ID: 18681
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: pig, cow, sheep, chicken
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Attorneys/Judges
Prosecutor(s): Jeff Holland
Judge(s): Dale Chase


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Thursday, Oct 6, 2011

County: Medina

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Dale W. Lind, Sr.

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

The Medina ASPCA removed about 50 animals from a South Weymouth Road home about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals claims that the owner, Dale Lind, 52, was possibly running a cockfighting ring.

The ASPCA said they were alerted to the situation by neighbors and conducted an investigation that started two weeks ago before coming in and raiding the farm Thursday.

The ASPCA removed 30 to 50 roosters and chickens, as well as other animals, including four pigs, six calves, goats and sheep, saying all showed signs of neglect.

Lind was not arrested and has not been charged.

Lind did admit to Channel 3 that he was involved in and convicted for cockfighting in the past.

Medina Municipal Court records show Lind is set for a jury trial on Oct. 13, charged with cruelty to animals, for a April 14 incident.

Court records also show Lind is still on probation for a 2007 conviction on cruelty to animals charges.

He was one of 20 people arrested in a Feb. 18, 2007, raid at a York Township cockfighting event.

For that incident, he served 30 days in jail, was given five years' probation, paid $1,747 in fines and was ordered by the judge to "stay away from live poultry."

In that same cockfighting incident in 2007, Lind's son, Dale, and Lind's brother, Kent, were also convicted.


Case Updates

Dale Lind, 52, of Medina Township, was convicted in a plea deal Monday of possession of criminal tools and two counts of animal cruelty for having leg spurs for fighting roosters, neglecting a cow with a broken leg and failing to properly feed and shelter numerous other farm animals, which were confiscated Oct. 6 by the Medina County SPCA. The most serious offense, possession of criminal tools, is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. A cockfighting charge, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, was dropped.

Medina Muncipal Judge Dale Chase ordered Lind to submit to unannounced inspections by probation and humane officers and the Department of Agriculture until Nov. 5, when Lind will be sentenced. SPCA attorney Jeff Holland said, "Lind has an opportunity to show whether he can responsibly handle animals or not."
Source: cleveland.com - Feb 2, 2012
Update posted on Feb 2, 2012 - 7:19PM 
Prosecuting attorney Jeff Holland, representing the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed a total of five charges today, Oct. 27, against Dale Lind stemming from a raid at his home Oct. 6 in Medina County.

Holland, a board member for the Medina SPCA is also prosecuting Lind in another animal cruelty case in Medina Municipal Court, said Lind was charged today with three counts of animal cruelty; the first involving two calves, the second involving six sheep, and the third involving 31 rooster and chickens.

There was also one count of cockfighting, and one count of possession of criminal tools filed against Lind.

Lind was already found guilty of cruelty to animals and cockfighting in 2007 and ordered to serve 30 days in jail and five years probation, plus pay $1,747, and stay away from live poultry.

Holland has prosecuted animal abuse and neglect cases for more than 20 different jurisdictions, including Cleveland.

Armed with a search warrant, Officers from the Medina SPCA executed the raid at Lind's residence on South Weymouth Road in Medina Township for suspected cockfighting activity.

According to Stephanie Moore, executive director of the Medina SPCA, they responded after receiving complaints from neighbors about the residence. She said they had been watching the home and visited once, but were turned away. They then returned with a search warrant.

Moore said gamecocks and hens were removed into custody. She also said there is evidence of a fighting ring on the property. Also removed were four small pigs, two very young calves, three older calves, and a number of goats and sheep. The two younger calves were in serious condition and required immediate medical attention. Their fate is unknown.

One of two older calves removed from the property was found lying in mud.

"We removed the animals to a secure location to check them and to determine if any charges will be filed," Moore said. So far, Lind has not been charged with anything.

In the state of Ohio, cockfighting remains a third-degree misdemeanor. Legislative efforts to increase penalties for cockfighting in the state to a fifth-degree felony first offense, and a third degree felony, second offense, died in the Ohio Senate in December 2010.

Currently, a new effort to change part of the Ohio code to read "animals" instead of "dogs," HB 260, is in a House judicial committee after being introduced in June 2011 by Ohio Dist. 53 Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford).
Source: cleveland.com - Oct 27, 2011
Update posted on Oct 27, 2011 - 9:25PM 

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