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Thursday, Feb 21, 2002County: Santa Clara
Charges: Felony CTA
Case Images: 1 files available
Defendant/Suspect: Craig Loren Cox
Case Updates: 2 update(s) available
A 28-year-old San Jose man is under arrest for alleged dog-fighting. Animal control officers have rescued seven pit bulls, some of them bruised and bitten, and investigators say the suspect had an elaborate set-up for vicious fights.
Three pit bull puppies were lucky. They were rescued before they were old enough to go into the fighting ring. Four other adult pit bulls were found in a barn at the entrance to San Jose's Alum Rock Park. Police say the barn contained an arena with seating and lights for commercial dog fights.
One of the female adults suffered bites that go into her bones. Yet, before she was sedated -- suffering from intense pain and unable even to walk-- she wagged her tail and greeted her rescuers with docile licks. This was a dog used for fighting, but she was not a fighting dog.
"They use very sweet-natured dogs to train other dogs to fight, because those dogs will not fight back," said Dr. Patricia Latas of the Santa Clara Valley Humane Society. "They're called bait dogs."
Police arrested Craig Loren Cox on two felony charges of animal cruelty. Police say he is the caretaker of the barn where the fights were held, and was in charge of the dogs.
"Some of them were bolted down with tractor chain tires, heavy tow chains, to the floor of the stables," said animal services officer Steven Berard.
One dog had bruises on its hindquarters. Police say it had been chained down so long it developed sores from being forced to sit.
It's been several years since a dog-fighting ring was broken up in San Jose, but animal control officials say that does not mean the fights have not been going on. Animals are often found with injuries typical of commercial dog fights.
This most recent bust was the result of a tip. Police say blood splattered on the wall showed that a fight had just occurred. Any spectators were gone by the time they arrived, but the dogs were still there, silent in their pain.
|Craig Loren Cox was released from prison on February 27, 2006. He will be on parole until February 27, 2009.|
|Source: California Dept of Corrections # T88014|
Update posted on Mar 6, 2007 - 6:04PM
|Cox pleaded guilty last year, and was sentenced to a 44-month prison term after pleading guilty to felony charges of animal cruelty and keeping animals for fighting, said Assistant District Attorney Johnene Stebbins, who prosecuted the case.|
|Update posted on Mar 26, 2003 - 6:50PM |
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