Three persons are being held in custody after police and OSPCA raided a Tilbury East Township home in relation to a dog-fighting ring.
Earlier today members of the Ontario SPCA Major Case Management Team, Chatham-Kent Police Service Intelligence Unit, Critical Incident Response Team, Forensic Identification Unit, Major Crime Section and Community Patrol Branch executed multiple warrants at the residence and seized 40 dogs from the property.
The animals were given to the Ontario Society for the Prevention for Cruelty to Animals. The animals were found in various health conditions and will be individually assessed by a veterinarian. A treatment plan will be created based on their needs.
A large quantity of evidence that is consistent with the training of dogs to fight was seized. In addition to the dogs and training equipment, a number of firearms were also found and seized.
Due to the complexity of this incident and large amount of evidence found on the property, this investigation will be ongoing.
A 43-year-old man, 41-year-old man and 39-year-old woman, all from that same location, are facing animal cruelty and firearm related offences as per the Criminal Code of Canada. They will be held in custody pending a bail hearing.