Officials say the dogs found at a major dog-fighting operation at an East Oakland home Thursday are being fed and well cared for at Oakland Animal Services.
KTVU got a horrifying look inside the world of the alleged dog-fighting and breeding operation at the center of these allegations Thursday.
Oakland Animal Services interim director Dave Cronin was bit by one of the dogs Thursday, he says the vet recommends the dog either be euthanized or released to the owner under the conditions that they immediately take the dog to the vet due to some serious medical conditions. But Cronin tells KTVU the dog will not be released to the owner.
Investigators say they’ve made contact with the owner, who admits the dogs are his.
“He hasn’t admitted that they were fighting dogs. But he admitted that they are his dogs. And we want to talk to him about some of the equipment and medication, and what vet did he see, where he got the dogs and is he breeding dogs, things like that,” Cronin said.
Cronin adds that some of pit-bulls confiscated Thursday are recent mothers.
“If we have five or six female pit-bulls, you know that’s maybe 60 or 70 puppies in a year that are distributed throughout the community,” he said.
Pit-bull breeders can get $100 or more for each dog they sell.
“They’re not pets. They don’t treat these animals like pets. None of these animals were treated like pets. They are simply a way to make $1000, $2000, $3000 over a weekend,” Cronin said.
The dogs can make that amount back for their owners by fighting.
Cronin says the dogs show many signs of living a hard life including untreated injuries and bite marks on the face.
Some of the dogs are said to be adopted out, but Cronin adds it will take a very special owner to take them in.
Oakland has nine dog ordinances, at least five of which Cronin says the owner was violating. Animals services is now trying to prove the sixth and most serious, dog fighting.