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Case ID: 19019
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull), rodent/small mammal (pet)
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Sunday, Dec 18, 2011

County: Suffolk

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Tyrone Perry

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

At approximately 9:24am, on Sunday, December 18, 2011, the Boston Police Department received an anonymous tip from a concerned citizen who wanted to file a complaint relative to animal cruelty and possible dog fighting. According to the concerned citizen, the resident or residents of 56 Mather Street in Dorchester were running a dog fighting ring and there was currently a deceased pit bull in the garbage at 56 Mather Street. The concerned citizen further stated that he believed there were approximately 10 to 12 pit bulls in the basement of the location. Officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) were dispatched to the area to further investigate and follow up on the concerned citizen's allegations. An officer acting in an undercover capacity approached 56 Mather Street on foot to further investigate the complaint.

As the officer stood in front of the house, he observed a group of people walking along of Mather Street. Hoping to ascertain additional intelligence about the location, the officer approached the individuals and struck up a conversation. The individuals confirmed that a male at 56 Mather Street owned several pit bulls and they further stated that they had heard stories about incidents where it is believed the dogs were trained to fight.

Detectives from Area C-11 were briefed on the above situation and applied for a search warrant to further investigate the officer's findings.

At about 7:44pm, on Monday, December 19, 2011, detectives from Area C-11 (Dorchester) executed a search warrant (issued out of Dorchester District Court) for 56 Mather Street in Dorchester. Representatives from the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Inspectors from the City of Boston's Animal Control Unit were present during the search.

Upon entry into the basement of 56 Mather Street, officers made the following observations: the basement smelled of animal feces and urine and several dogs could be heard barking and crying.

A total of eleven living dogs and one deceased dog were found on the premises. Detectives observed that the dogs were either being held in metal pens, crates, chain link cages or chained to walls. The animals had no access to food or water and were sitting in their own blood, feces and urine. Detectives further noted that all the dogs were in poor physical condition, i.e., all had serious injuries including lacerations and torn skin as seen on their heads, faces and torsos. After the dogs were released from their crates, several dogs were visibly limping while one, who could not walk, had to be carried to the animal rescue vehicle. In addition to the dogs, detectives noted a crate containing four rabbits who all appeared to be undernourished. Detectives further noted that the basement floor was strewn with shredded newspaper and feces and the windows were all blocked with wood or other coverings to prevent anyone from seeing into the basement.

As a result of this search warrant, the items listed above were all seized as evidence. Additionally, due to the nature of the incident, the Animal Rescue League seized the following items normally associated with dog fighting and training: one "carpet" treadmill for exercising dogs, 3 large plastic buckets containing sponges and a large quantity of an unknown liquid and one 10-12 foot length of large link dog chain.

The eleven pit bull type dogs were taken for examination and emergency treatment and are currently in the custody of Boston Animal Control. The rabbits were also seized and are in the custody of Animal Control. A necropsy on the deceased dog is to be performed by a forensic veterinarian at the Animal Rescue League to determine the cause of death.

Detectives spoke -- via telephone -- with the suspect and owner of the dogs. The suspect in this case is currently out of state. However, he did confirm that he lives at the residence and that the dogs belong to him.
The property, a two-family house, is owned by Perry Delories, according to city records.


Case Updates

A Dorchester man turned himself in today after police put a warrant out for his arrest on animal-abuse charges related to an alleged dog-fighting ring uncovered last month on Mather Street. Tyrone Perry, 44, will be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court, according to the Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Boston Police and animal control officials raided the house at 56 Mather Street on Dec. 19 after they received tips that someone was using the property to train and fight pit bulls. Eleven dogs - many of them said to be in bad shape - were rescued from the basement of the house. One dog was found dead at the scene.

Perry will be arraigned on 12 counts of cruelty to animals - one for each of the dogs - the District Attorney's office says.

Boston Police said at the time that they had been in touch with the dogs' owner, who was out of state.
Source: dotnews.com - Jan 3, 2012
Update posted on Jan 3, 2012 - 9:12PM 

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