Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Rasul Abdul dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Lamont Alexander          

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

James Baker

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
George Barabin dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Michael Barker

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Steven Barrett

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Warner Berkley dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Dorrell Best

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Edward Blackwell

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Anthony Blount dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Jori Britt

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Richard Brown

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Lawrence Burch dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Robert Carson

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Rodney Carroll

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Rashawn Coleman dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Tiyeak Cook

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Paris Dickerson

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Jamal Doggett dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Jabbar Fairweather

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Nichole Fisher

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Isaac Fontaine dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Francis Garfield

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Steven Gilliard

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Russell Gray dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Afiz Hagg

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Edward Harris,48 (2)

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Anthony Hynes dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Edward Jenkins

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Michael “Isiack” Johnson,31

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Melvin Justice dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Harold Leonard

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Ricky LeBron

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Dwayne Lewis,20 dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Stewart Liggon

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Jacob Lightbourne

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Lovelie Lundy dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Omar Mateen

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Hakim Miller

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Maurice Miller dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Sheldon Miner

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Timothy Mitchell

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Anwar Munsin dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Hassan Munson

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

James Murray

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Samuel Nazario dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Michael Norris

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Robert Parks

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Judson Poles, Jr. dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Justin Polo

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Charles Powell

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Melvin Rambert dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Robert Reid

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Gilroy Robinson

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Leonard Rose dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Steve Salvatore

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Eric Scales

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
William Scales dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Carey Searles

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
David Simms,37 (2) dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Kareem Simmons

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Joseph Skinner

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Kevin Smith(1)

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
William Smith dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Bruce Stratton

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
John Taliaferro-Bertalomue dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Antoine Talley dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Leslie Taylor

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Craig Thomas dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Alfred Tribble dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Kareem Upshur

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Tammy Volovnick

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Kile Warthen dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Keith Washington

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Brian Watson

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Leah Wiley dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Aadeil – Randy Williams

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Johnny Williams

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Mikkel Williams dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Bryan Woods

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  

Lee Woodward

dogfighting

North Philadelphia, PA
Delaware County

& East Germantown, PA
Perry County

April 22, 2000  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Felony

illegal gambling & drugs

25 dogs

Convicted

(1)Convicted of animal cruelty

(2) Acquitted

 

88 people were arrested including 2 off-duty police officers, when police raided a dogfight in an auto-repair garage on 19th and Norris St.  A tip was given by an FBI informant.

Isaac Fontaine, a 10 year veteran of the 5th District in Roxborough and Craig Thomas, a 2 ˝ year veteran of the 35th District in East & West Oak Lane were initially believed to be under cover officers but it was later determined that they were active participants.  Fontaine and Thomas were suspended with intent to dismiss.  Of the 88 arrests 81 people were charged with cruelty to animals, gambling and related crimes.  5 people were also charged with operating a gambling ring.  2 people were acquitted as they were at the event looking for a stolen dog.

The Philadelphia ASPCA was called to meet the police and assist in the raid.  The arrests began around 11:30pm and went into Easter morning.

The animals seized were: 1 Rottweiler and 3 pitbulls from inside the garage and 8 were removed from vehicles.

As the investigation began, it was learned that more dogs were being held in an abandoned East Cosgrove St. East Germantown row house.

Most of the emaciated animals seized were attached to walls by 3 foot chains and were surrounded by piles of feces and urine-soaked floorboards.  Buckets of water and bags of straw for bedding were found in the front room but well out of the dogs’ reach.  There were also medical kits including penicillin to help wounded dogs avoid infection.  3 dogs were found in a dark upstairs room, chained inside wooden pens.

Also found were ropes hanging from the 1st floor rafters, which are typically used to dangle live cats or dogs to rile the pitbulls in training.  The dogs were 2-4 years old except for 2 5-month-old puppies.

The dogs taken into protective custody were given medical treatment, 5 basic shots and treated for serious wounds.  The dog found inside the fighting ring had to undergo surgery as the skin had been torn off of his legs.  One of the puppies was euthanized immediately because he had scabies, a contagious skin infection.

$13,000 in cash was also seized in the weekend raid. Also confiscated were 4 handguns, a small amount of marijuana and other drugs.

A total of 25 maimed or mauled dogs were rounded up in both raids.

All the dogs seized eventually had to be euthanized because they were found to be not socialized.

Update7/11/00:
The 2 off-duty Philadelphia police officers who were seized with 86 other people in an illegal North Philadelphia dogfight were "more than mere bystanders," a prosecutor said at a hearing held on July 10th. 35 of the defendants waived preliminary hearings and opted to go right to trial on animal cruelty charges. The 2 police officers have been suspended without pay.

Update 1/13/01:
24 "spectators" were convicted of cruelty to animals for watching dogfights inside a North Philadelphia garage last spring. Paying to watch dogfights is a felony in Pennsylvania, said Assistant District Attorney Anne Marie Coyle. The defendants, including Craig Thomas and Isaac Fontaine, the 2 now-fired police officers, were acquitted of conspiracy charges. The former police officers were among 12 offenders placed on 3 years' probation and ordered to each pay a fine of $750.

Update 1/17/01:
24 spectators at an illegal dogfight were convicted of cruelty to animals last week, 7 more negotiated guilty pleas on cruelty-to-animal charges in exchange for 3 years' probation, fines of $500 and 30 hours of community service.

Eleven others pleaded guilty without any plea bargains. They got 3 years' probation and $500 fines, but no community service. Eight others wound up with the same sentences after being convicted by Common Pleas Judge Legrome D. Davis. The 8 others agreed to waive testimony and allow Assistant District Attorney Anne Marie Cole to summarize the evidence. Most of the defendants had no prior convictions.

Kevin Smith, described as a dog handler at the time of the police raid, will be sentenced in 2 months. Smith was found guilty of cruelty to animals and illegally dealing in proceeds of the fight.

Dwayne Lewis, age 20, a lookout who paraded outside the garage during the dogfighting, was among those pleading guilty. He pled to a summary offense and received 90 days' probation and a $500 fine.

Update 1/19/01:
Two men who were accused in the North Philadelphia dogfighting case succeeded in convincing a judge they had been at the dogfight to look for a stolen pitbull. Common Pleas Judge Legrome D. Davis, who has been hearing the cases against some 80 spectators who were rounded up in a raid on the dogfight on April 22, 2000 acquitted Edward Harris, 48, of Oak Lane, and David Simms, 37, of Germantown.

Their lawyers, Peter D. Quinn and George Gossett Jr., told the judge Harris had been looking for his 2-year-old pitbull, "Big Red," who was stolen from his back yard around Christmas. They didn't find "Big Red" among the dogs. The acquittals were the first after 50 of the spectators either had pleaded guilty or were found guilty of cruelty to animals. About half were placed on probation. The others are awaiting a March sentencing.

Update 3/27/01:
Common Pleas Judge Legrome D. Davis found Michael Johnson, age 31, guilty and sentenced him to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison under the work-release program, plus 4 years' probation. He also ordered him to make $2,500 restitution to the SPCA for the cost of the treatment of pitbulls injured during the event, and fined him $206 in court costs. Johnson was found to be the organizer of the dogfighting event.

The 2 former police officers were among the spectators convicted and placed on probation.

Judge Davis also jailed 2 others for cruelty to animals and placed 13 others on probation and ordered them to perform community service.

Reference:

The Philadelphia Inquirer The Philadelphia Daily News
The Philadelphia ASPCA