Man Charged For Trying to Sell 'Face Fighting' Pit Bull

Al “Boogie” Clemons crossed state lines to try and sell the dog-fighting pit bull for $1,500, police said

Friday, Jul 29, 2011  |  Updated 1:36 PM CDT
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A Wisconsin man was being held on $30,000 bond for trying to sell a pit bull in Illinois for dogfighting, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said.

Al “Boogie” Clemons, 54, of Racine, Wis., was charged after he tried to sell the 41-pound female pit bull to an undercover officer.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit received word earlier this month that Clemons wanted to sell the dog. When the undercover officer contacted him, Clemons said the pit bull had already won two dogfights and that she had a bloodline of champions.

In the last fight, Clemons said the dog fought for 45 minutes but ultimately won. Her fighting style, he said, is known as "face fighting," or attacking the heads and faces of opponent dogs.

Clemons and the undercover officer agreed on a $1,500 fee. They met on July 26 at Miller Meadows Forest Preserve in unincorporated Maywood where Clemons tried showing the dog's fighting skills. He was arrested, and the pit bull was turned over to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge.

Clemons' next court date is July 28 in Maywood.

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