Thursday, March 01, 2012

Pittsburgh home was site of major dogfighting operation

Thirteen pit bull terriers, most with scars, now live in the secret custody of the Humane Society of the United States, and their owner, Daryl Bryant, 47, of Homewood, is in jail on $50,000 straight bond. The bust at his mother's house in Wilkinsburg Friday night has set off "the first big dogfighting case in Allegheny County in about three or four years," said Mike Manko, spokesman for the district attorney's office. But that isn't because more dogfighting culprits are righting their wrongs. "I think we're having more trouble finding them," said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania director of the Humane Society of the United States. "Dogfighting is now a felony in all the states, so they have become savvy at hiding their activities." Mr. Bryant is known nationally as a player, said humane officer Kathy Hecker of Animal Friends. Like many dogfighting perpetrators, she said, he was known to electrocute dogs that underperformed. "It's a common way to cull dogs that won't fight." Ms. Hecker said she believes Mr. Bryant had been fighting dogs since 1983 and was charged with animal cruelty at least twice in the last decade. - Diana Nelson Jones

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