Video Shows Man Setting Animal on Fire: Police

Man denies dogfighting charges

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 10:59 AM CDT
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Video Shows Man Setting Animal on Fire: Police

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A video of a man setting fire to a live animal was discovered on the cell phone of a man arrested earlier this week on a dogfighting charge, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.

The video was found on the phone of Martez Anderson, 38, after he was arrested Thursday while attending a bond hearing for two other men charged with dogfighting.

Anderson had initially been arrested with the two others -- his cousin Lance Webb and Charles Sutton -- after a raid Tuesday on a Maywood home that also housed a children's day care operation.

But Anderson was released after only being charged with a misdemeanor. Sutton and Webb, both charged with felony dogfighting, remained in custody.

After reviewing evidence, police upgraded the charge against Anderson to felony dogfighting and rearrested him when he showed up at his friends' court hearing.

At that point, they discovered the video, which could lead to even further charges. Investigators were examining the video to see if there were any links to Anderson or the others, sheriff's spokesman Steve Patterson said Friday.

It was Anderson who, after the first arrest, denied to the Chicago Sun-Times that dogs found in his garage were trained or used for dogfighting.

"That's crazy. They're little puppies. They're barely walking. They probably could have did with a bath," he said, adding that one puppy's eye was injured when a door fell on it.

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