Eleven pit-bulls were rescued from an East Oakland house Thursday afternoon from what Oakland Animal Control is describing as a classic example of a training venue for dog-fighting.
Oakland police served a search warrant on at home on 98 Eldridge Ave Thursday in reference to an unrelated investigation.
No one was home when police arrived, but it soon became clear that there were several pit-bulls inside the home and in the backyard. That’s when Animal Control was called to the scene.
“They identified quite a bit of obvious equipment used for fighting,” said Oakland Animal Services Interim Director David Cronin, “treadmills, weighted vests, medication, things like that.”
Cronin and one of the responding animal control officers were bit by one of the more aggressive dogs, but the two only suffered minor wounds.
Several dogs were chained up in the back yard and at least two pit-bulls were found inside the home.
“These dogs are trained to fight. They’re conditioned to fight,” he said, “some of them don’t take to it and end up getting used for other things. They end up getting used as bait dogs so more aggressive dogs can attack the less aggressive dogs.”
Some of the dogs found at the home were said to be aggressive and at least one was said to be malnourished and scared.
All of the animals were taken to Oakland’s Animal Shelter.
Cronin says an arrest or arrests are likely but first they must determine who is responsible for the care of the animals.
Officers tell KTVU that some of the dogs may find homes, but others may not be so lucky. They say it will be unclear until the dogs can be properly examined.