Authorities Bust Bronx Dog-Fighting Ring

Police said they were forced to remove up to 50 dogs from the basement of 1254 Sherman Avenue in the Concourse section Thursday, where a suspected dog-fighting ring was being run. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Scars on a pitbull’s face represented evidence of what was going on in the basement of Sherman Avenue and 168th Street in the Bronx.

Investigators said 50 dogs as young as 12 weeks and as old as 5 years were bred, trained and put in fighting matches here.

“There is extensive training equipment,” said NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Favale. “There’s treadmills, it looks like homemade makeshift treadmills. They would put the dogs on to build them up and exercise them. There were areas that were clearly staged for fighting.”