A suburban Philadelphia man who ran a gruesome dog-fighting operation out of the family home has been sentenced to 7-1/2 to 15 years behind bars.
The Chester County sentencing judge Tuesday said he found 34-year-old Shane Santiago's treatment of animals incomprehensible.
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Santiago has been incarcerated since his arrest Dec. 5. He previously pleaded guilty to multiple charges of animal cruelty, child endangerment and other counts.
The dog-fighting ring was run out of Santiago's home in West Brandywine Township. Authorities say his children were exposed to grisly scenes including an animal being stomped to death by a group of men and a pit bull eating another dog.
Santiago's wife Laura Acampora was sentenced last week to 23 months behind bars for failing to shield her children from the gruesome enterprise.