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Wednesday, Feb 2, 2005County: Will
Charges: Felony CTA
Defendant/Suspect: Quentin Traylor
Quentin Traylor, of Joliet, pleaded guilty on March 24, 2005 to charges involving dog fights and possession of a controlled substance.
Traylor, 29, of Fairview Ave. had been arrested Feb. 2 and charged with owning, breeding or training fighting dogs, aggravated cruelty to animals and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police officers had searched his home and found eight pit bulls and two puppies. Seven of the dogs had suffered lacerations that indicated they had been forced to fight, police said.
Police also found drugs often administered to fighting dogs, syringes, a treadmill used to exercise the dogs and a portable plywood ring for fights.
Joliet Township Animal Control took the 10 dogs.
While in court Thursday, George Lenard, Traylor's lawyer, told Judge Robert Livas that his client had the dogs for another reason.
"It was his intention to show the dogs," Lenard said.
Telling Traylor that he is a former Chicago police officer, Livas said there were two things that made him "cringe" when he patrolled one of the city's housing projects: People who were cruel to women or children, and people who hurt animals.
"Dogs, no matter what their breed, do not start out as vicious," Livas told Traylor, adding that cruel people made the animals become that way.
Livas sentenced Traylor to three years in prison. Then he turned to the dogs in the case. One of them was a pet, and two of them were puppies, Livas said. He ordered that those animals should be given to someone in the courtroom who knows Traylor.
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