ANTELOPE VALLEY – A tip on a pending dog fight led to the arrest of 12 people in Littlerock Saturday. The following is the press report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau:
On the morning of June 23, 2012, the Humane Society of the United States received a tip on their dog fighting hotline that a man was taking his dog to be involved in a dog fight.
Humane Society hotline officials contacted deputies with the Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau (COPS) of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who conducted a surveillance of the man and his dog.
The suspect traveled to several locations in the Antelope Valley, eventually arriving at a house in the 8900 block of East Avenue T-12, in the unincorporated community of Littlerock on Saturday, which is policed by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
When sheriff’s deputies approached the house, they saw eight pit bull dogs which appeared to be fighting dogs, some of which were tied to stakes in the yard. The dogs were kept apart from each other at the property so they would be ready to fight.
Several dogs showed scars believed to have been caused by previous fights. They also found medical supplies, including syringes and medication allegedly used to treat dogs after they were wounded in fights. Scales used to weigh dogs and a study guide on the breeding of dogs and dog fighting was recovered.
A dog fighting ring and a treadmill type machine (made of wooden slats) used for the forced physical conditioning of the dogs was held as evidence.
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control responded to the scene, assisted in the investigation, and took control of the dogs.
The man deputies had been following, as well as the homeowner and ten other adults, were detained and eventually arrested for felony dogfighting or felony aiding and abetting a dogfight.
UPDATED 6/24/2012: The 12 men arrested for dogfighting Saturday evening, at the 8900 Block of East Avenue T-12 in Littlerock, have been identified as:
Paul Manuel Wilhite, 48, Male, Black, Resident [of the house with dog fighting ring]
- George Allen Jones, 60, Male, Black of Lancaster
- Adan Manzo, 36, Male, Hispanic of Palmdale
- Miguel Angel Leon, 37, Male, Hispanic of Littlerock
- Cornelius Bailey, 58, Male, Black of Barstow
- Cornelius Bailey III (son), 35, Male, Black of Compton
- Theron Lee Mahone, 44, Male, Black of Los Angeles
- Kevin Benard Thomas, 46, Male, Black of San Bernardino
- Jeffrey Reyes Tedtaotao, 36, Male, Other race of Bellflower
- Julio A. Chavez, 47, Male, Hispanic of Orange
- Herman Ceasar, 62, Male, Hispanic of San Bernardino
- Jeremy Maril Anderson, 43, Male, Black of Victorville
The suspects were booked at Palmdale Sheriff’s Station and are being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Suspect Wilhite, the resident of the location, was additionally booked on three outstanding traffic warrants totaling $199,000. The suspects will be arraigned on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Antelope Valley Courthouse.
(Information via press report from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.)