Five men have been arrested in Seaford and charged with three felonies each for dog fighting.
In the process, 12 dogs were rescued, according to a press release from the state Office of Animal Welfare.
The charges came after that office and Delaware State Police raided a residence in the 26000 block of Lonesome Road in Seaford Sunday at 2 p.m. after a complaint of suspicious activity there.
The police found multiple people at the property engaged in dog fighting, arrested them and took 14 dogs into custody. One had died from injuries sustained in fighting, five are in serious condition and eight are being taken care of by the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
The five men arrested were Samuel Foreman, 44, of Whaleyville, Maryland; Timothy Whaley, 44, of Salisbury, Maryland; Bryon Briddell, 35, of Berlin, Maryland; Kevin Land, 47 of Salisbury, Maryland or Seaford, Delaware; Glenn White, 36, of Salisbury, Maryland or Wilmington, Delaware.
Dog fighting charges
Each is charged with owning, possessing, keeping or using an animal for fighting; being present at an animal fight; and cruelly or unnecessarily killing or injuring an animal.
Each of the man faces the possibility of up to three years in prison for animal cruelty which is a Class F felony, and up to a 5-year sentence for animal fighting ,which is a Class E felony.
The defendants posted bail on an $18,000 secured bond from Sussex Correctional Institution, a press release from the Delaware Division of Public Health said.
Part of the bail conditions stipulate that the defendants have no contact, possession or ownership of any animals.
The investigation is ongoing and the state asks anyone with information regarding the case to contact the Office of Animal Welfare at 302-255-4646.
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Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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