Arizona Dog Fighting Bust Ties To Arkansas

Arizona Dog Fighting Bust Ties To Arkansas

A bust on pit bull fighting lands what police call one of the most notorious breeders in the nation. And investigators say his work is tied to dog fighting here.
A bust on pit bull fighting lands what police call one of the most notorious breeders in the nation.  And investigators say his work is tied to dog fighting here.  Police believe this latest arrest for dog fighting in Arizona is a big one because it takes off the street someone considered among the top three breeders in the country for pit bull fighting.

The dark underworld of dog fighting is getting a bright light cast on it, the most recent example is Mahlon “Pat” Patrick arrested in Arizona this week charged with dog fighting.  But the Humane Society says he also breeds pit bulls to fight worldwide.

Lieutenant Mike Frost with the Saline County Sheriff's Department led an investigation into possible dog fighting and animal cruelty last month when several dogs were taken into custody.

"There are dogs coming in across state lines.  It's quite a problem with these major breeders around the country," Frost says.  "I know the dogs that we have confiscated during the search warrants, the information we have is a good number of them came from Tennessee."

Police say those dogs came from a breeder who calls himself ‘California Jack’ on his website.  When users check the pedigree of his dogs they find the generational bloodline.  Many of them go back to Pat Patrick, the same man arrested in Arizona on charges of dog fighting.  Dozens of pit bulls were taken from pins near Tucson where Patrick was raising them.

"They are going to ship the dogs out,” Frost says.  “With the authorities taking him down and arresting him, I use the analogy of drugs."

You take down one dealer and you hurt the supply, but you don't stop it.

"I look and think of the crime that is being brought into Saline County.  The element that is brought in, you have drugs, you have gang members coming in with it," Frost says.

FOX16 News spoke with the dog breeder ‘California Jack’ by phone.  He said he knows some of the dogs he breeds are bought by some to fight, but that he can't control what people do with his dogs.
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