Alleged dogfighting ring busted near San Antonio

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on January 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 10:12 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Four pit bulls were taken from a property in rural Wilson County after sheriff's deputies said they broke up a dogfighting ring Saturday night.

"I think all these dogs were brought in by people other than the owner, so they would have been trained somewhere else," Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said.

Four people were arrested at the scene, a home on Martinez Lane a few miles west of Floresville.

Eusebio Martinez, 68, is listed as the property owner and faces a felony charge of operating a facility used for dogfighting.

Alvin Williams, 27, faces a felony charge of participating in the earnings of or operating a facility used for dogfighting and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Roland Contreras, 32, faces a felony charge of participating in the earnings of or operating a facility used for dogfighting.

If convicted, all three would face between two years and 180 days in jail.

Lisa Guerrero, 31, faces a misdemeanor charge of owning or training a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dogfighting and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

All four suspects are out on bond.

Sheriff Tackitt said his deputies broke up a rooster fighting ring on Martinez's property 20 years ago.

"Hopefully now he'll understand you can't be having any type of fighting out there," Tackitt said.

A woman who identified herself only as the property owner told KENS 5 no dogs were injured, even after she was shown pictures of the dog's injuries.

The dogs are currently at the Floresville pound.

One dog has massive swelling on his face and an infected bite below his left eye.

City officials said the dog may have to be euthanized.

Another dog has an injured front leg.

City officials have not decided what to do with the dogs.

If you are interested in adopting them, call the City of Floresville at (830) 393-3105.

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