Suspect's Phone Holds Shocking Video of Dog Set on Fire

Third man arrested after more evidence found in Maywood dogfighting ring

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    A shocking video of a pitbull being set on fire was discovered on one of the Maywood dogfighting ring suspects' phone.

    Investigators have found a disturbing video of a dog being set on fire that adds to the horrors at a Maywood dogfighting ring.

    Cook County police discovered the video on Martez Anderson’s phone after they arrested him at the court hearings of his friends Charles Sutton, 42, and Lance Webb, 27, both charged of felony dogfighting at the Maywood daycare center.

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    All three men had been arrested on Monday after Cook County police discovered the “horrific” dogfighting operation. But Anderson, 38, was later released on misdemeanor charges of owning an unspayed or unneutered dog. All three are now being held in custody on $500,000 bond.

    Steve Patterson, spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff’s office, said investigators are now looking to see if the video can be linked to any of the three men, the Sun-Times reports.

    When Cook County police initially discovered the dogfighting operation on Monday, they found “a very aggressive” pitbull in the garage behind the house where 10 children were being looked after by Charles Sutton’s wife. She has denied any involvement in the dogfighting scheme.

    The Cook County Sheriff’s office also said in a press release that “syringes, medication, bite sticks and harnesses used in dog fights” had been found at the home. Several dogs were found with serious injuries.

    Anderson, owner of the phone with the incriminating video, kept an 18-month-old pitbull and three young puppies at his house in what police described as a wire cage drenched in feces and urine, without any water or food.