Sick, dead dogs found at home of former prison official
August 1, 2006
Two State Investigators, a State
Trooper and Joliet Township Animal Control Officers canvassed the home of
State Animal Investigator,
Five living but debilitated Pit Bulls were recovered from a chain link pen that stank of feces. A pail in the pen was filed with muddy brown water. Animal Control took custody of the living dogs. They were to be checked by a veterinarian before being impounded.
Animal Control Officers lifted an upside-down trash bin and found the burned remains of another Pit Bull. Another dog was heard barking in the house.
When reached on his cell phone, Griffin stated he was trying to place ten puppies recently born to his female Pit Bull. He stated he was a very responsible dog owner who happened to have 10 puppies at the same time. He further explained that the puppies turned on each other – challenging each other, fighting and one puppy was killed. He denied any knowledge of the rotting dog carcass.
Griffin also stated that he feeds the dogs twice a day and that they have clean water. He maintained that they play in the water.
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