Damien Hartfield Dogfighting - 7 dogs seized Maricopa, AZ Pinal County June 4, 2008

  (Photo courtesy of Tri Valley Central/zwire)  Hartfield, age 30 faces multiple felony charges of animal cruelty, weapons charges and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  (Photo courtesy of Ben Norris/Maricopa Monitor)  Police responded to a call of 2 dogs fighting at Hartfield's rented home in the 21000 block of Alexis Avenue.  Both animals were covered in blood.

Hartfield arrived later and refused police access to the property and brought a severely injured dog into the house when the police tried to question him and he refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Police then obtained a search warrant and discovered 7 pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds, all showing signs of injury related to dogfighting kept in makeshift shelters in Hartfield's backyard.  Blood and dog hari was also found in several locations throughout the property.  Police also found evidence of training dogs to fight.  the Pinal County Animal Care and Control seized the dogs.

The police also found evidence of drug use at the house and obtained a second search warrant.  After serving that warrant, they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, assault riffles, shotguns and handguns.

Drugs and weapons charges are pending while detectives continue their investigation.  Hartfield was booked into the Pinal County jail.

Hartfield's case is # 08-6936 with the Maricopa Police Department.

Update 6/6/08:

One of the 7 pitbulls has been euthanized.  3 of the other six remaining dogs required emergency medical care.

Update 6/13/08:

Sheriff's responded to a tip from someone claiming to be a friend of Hartfield.  The informant told the Sheriff's office, Hartfield had more dogs tied up in a nearby lot.  The Sheriff's found an abandoned mobile home in the John Wayne RV Ranch, near the intersection of Arizona 347 and Arizona 84.  it is believed that Hartfield used this site to host the dogfights.  The owners of the property live on North 110th Avenue in Avondale.

4 dead dogs and 14 more were found in very poor health.  Blood was also found on the walls of the trailer.  The case has been turned over to the Maricopa Police Department for further investigation.

Reference:

TriValley Central

Casa Grande Valley Newspapers

The Maricopa Monitor

Maricopa Police Department