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Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005County: Cook
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Laroy Franklin
A 20-year-old man accused of supervising a dogfight outside a West Side home was indicted on May 20 on charges including animal cruelty. Laroy Franklin, of W. Iowa St., was charged with one count each of owning, breeding and training fighting dogs, animal torture, and aggravated cruelty to animals, according to state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
The indictment was announced when Franklin appeared in Northwest Felony Court.
On April 26, four Austin District tactical unit officers on patrol found a dogfight in progress in the backyard at 900 N. Parkside Ave. at about 7 p.m., according to a tactical unit officer who asked not to be named.
Spectators scattered when they saw the officers coming, the tactical unit officer said. Two of the dog handlers unleashed their animals and were able to run off.
Three other pit bulls were tied to a fence, apparently waiting their turn to fight, the tactical unit officer said. He added that the city Commission on Animal Care & Control picked up the five pit bulls.
One dog was wearing a barbed collar so its opponent would not be able to bite its throat, said the tactical unit officer. The collar also prolonged the fight as spectators placed bets.
The tactical unit officer said dogfights were usually held in basements in the neighborhood.
Franklin was scheduled to appear before Criminal Court Chief Judge Paul Biebel at 9 a.m., June 1, for judge assignment, Simonton said.
- NBC5 - May 21, 2005
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