Nearly two dozen undernourished pit bull puppies were rescued during a drug raid at a 4th Ward home Friday, where police found evidence of a large dog fighting ring — dead animals stuffed in bags, maimed dogs and bloodstained walls.
“We found four dead dogs in a garbage bag, thrown away like yesterday’s garbage,” said John DeCando, Paterson animal control officer. “It was horrible. This is one of the largest dog fighting rings I’ve seen.”
In addition to the dogs, police found an estimated $12,000 worth of crack cocaine and marijuana and a handgun, Oswald said. DeCando said steroids used for fighting dogs also were found in the home.