Bond has been set for eight men arrested in connection with a major dog fighting operation in Dolton.
Each man was charged with a class four felony, attending/patronizing a dogfight, according to a press release from the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
The men were arrested Thursday, after Dolton Police received a tip of a dogfight in process at 1521 E. 142nd Street late Wednesday night, the release stated.
Police found seven dogs, some of which were severely injured with bites and wounds, while raiding a former auto repair garage in the shadow of Bishop Ford Freeway.
Sheriff Tom Dart said it appeared some of the dogs had already fought by the time officers arrived. One had severe bite marks and a wounded eye which medical personnel said may have to be removed.
The fighting ring itself was splattered with blood, as were the walls of the garage. A worn out vending machine in a corner contained narcotics investigators believe were used to sedate the dogs so they could continue fighting.
Dart said it was unclear whether the dirty garage had been the site of previous fights.
The dogs are now at the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights.
Below are a list of the men arrested with their bond amounts:
- Reginald Bailey, 26, of Dolton, $20,000
- Rolando Davidson, 43, of Harvey, $15,000
- Michael Dubose, 56, of Country Club Hills, $15,000
- Anthony Fugate, 27, of Beecher, $10,000
- Donald Hudgins, 45, of Chicago, $25,000
- Willie McCray, 26, of Calumet City, $20,000. He also has a No Bond Warrant for Murder - Strong Probability Death/Injury
- Shaquille Middleton, 18, of Country Club Hills, $10,000
- Arnulfo Salgado-Sanchez, 35, of Harvey, $15,000
All eight men will appear in court again on Dec. 11, 2012.