|Timothy Elkins||Dog vaccination and registration violations||Columbus, OH Franklin County||March 24, 1992|
|Timothy Elkins||Dog confinement violation||Columbus, OH Franklin County||April 28, 1994|
|Timothy Elkins||Vicious dog violations||Columbus, OH Franklin County||October 17, 2001|
|Timothy Elkins||Dog registration violation||Columbus, OH Franklin County||October 19, 2001|
|Timothy Elkins||Dogfighting||Columbus, OH Franklin County||February 22, 2002|
|Timothy Elkins, Crystal Elkins - aka Christel Chenoweth, Claude D. Adams and Bertha Adams||Dogfighting - 26 dogs seized||Columbus, OH Franklin County||February 28, 2006|
|Christel Chenoweth||unregistered and unvaccinated dogs||Columbus, OH Franklin County||March 2, 2006|
|Claude D. Adams||Vicious dog violations||Columbus, OH Franklin County||July 22, 2003|
|Claude D. Adams||Dogfighting||Columbus, OH Franklin County||March 2, 2006|
|Timothy Elkins||Dogfighting||Columbus, OH Franklin County||March 2, 2006|
|Claude D. Adams||Possessing vicious dogs||Columbus, OH Franklin County||September 2, 2007|
A tip from the community led police to a home on South Fifth St., where 26 wounded dogs confined in wooden crates with no windows were seized.
Timothy Elkins, age 38, was arrested and charged with dog fighting after 4 properties were search and 24+ pit bulls were found. When deputies arrived, the dogs were still fighting. Elkins' brother Todd and sister, Tiffany were also arrested on unrelated charges.
Elkins was convicted of dog fighting on January 26, 2004 from an arrest on February 22, 2002 (case #02CR001754). More than 20 pit bulls were being raised, trained and breed by Elkins with his then girlfriend Christel Chenoweth and her children.
In April 2002, Elkins was sent to federal prison for a year on a counterfeiting charged unrelated to dogfighting.
The pit bulls suffered from ear and eye infections and some were malnourished. 4 of the dogs were in such bad shape that they had to be euthanized. 1 dogs jaw was broken. When found the dogs jaw was hanging and there were teeth on the ground. Others had cars on their ears, faces and front legs. 9 were chained to concrete blocks, 11 others were found in the basement and garage and another dog was found at the home of one of Elkins relatives.
Elkins waived his right to a jury trial. Elkins is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7th. The charges against Elkins' wife Crystal and his grandmother, Bertha Adams were dismissed. Elkins had been moving the dogs from relatives homes after his arrest in 2002.
Claude Adams, Elkin's uncle has also been charged.
Crystal Elkins - aka Christel S. Chenoweth was found guilty of 6 counts of not having dogs registered and 4 counts of not having dogs vaccinated for rabies. The charges stem from 20 offenses on 3/2/06 (case #2006 ER B 071395)
Bertha Adams, while charges for dogfighting were dismissed was found guilty of a health code violation on 5/6/98 (case #1998-ER-B-072066
Claude Adams has an open case (case #2007-ER-B-074606) from 9/2/07 for a vicious dog, not having insurance for a vicious dog and dog tag violation. Charges on vicious dog violations on 7/22/03 (case #2003-ER-B-073636) were dismissed. Adams was found guilty of dogfighting (case #2006-ER-B-072393) from 3/2/06 charges.
Timothy Elkins has several court cases: on 3/2/06 (case #2006-ER-A-070677) for dogfighting was dismissed. On 10/19/01 (case # 2001-ER-B-075890) had a dog registration violation dismissed; on 10/17/01 (case #2001-ER-B-075886) for vicious dog violations were dismissed with his insurance bond forfeited. For a dog confinement violation on 4/28/94 (case #1994-ER-B-071509) the case was dismissed and for 10 counts of rabies inoculation and dog registration violations on 3/24/92 (case #1992-ER-B-070823) Elkins was found guilty on 2 counts and 8 counts were dismissed.
Elkins was found guilty on 2 of 6 counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail (case #2006-ER-B -072672). 150 of those days have been suspended. If Elkins violates any of the terms of his probation, he will be required to serve the remainder of his sentence. Elkins will be subject to random inspections and will not be allowed to own any animals. Elkins must also pay a $1000 fine.
The Columbus Dispatch
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