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Dog fighting accusations land Tampa man in jail

TAMPA — A 21-year-old man accused of breeding pit bulls and then placing them in dog fights was arrested Thursday, Hillsborough County Animal Services said.

Robert Russell, of Tampa, was keeping five pit bulls at 1919 W Pine St. One of the pit bulls had "several fresh scars" from a recent fight, an arrest affidavit shows.

Russell told authorities he hadn't sought medical attention for the hurt dog and that he also created a website where he advertised dog fighting, the affidavit shows.

The dogs were seized and taken to animal services for medical evaluation and treatment.

Russell faces charges of animal cruelty, promoting animal fighting and baiting an animal.

He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail, where he remained Friday morning without bail.

Dog fighting accusations land Tampa man in jail 02/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 12:27pm]
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