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Dogfight Busted by Sheriff's Police

Three charged, including alleged handler



    Dogfight Busted by Sheriff's Police
    Cop shoots pit bull.

    Police raided a dogfight in progress on the West Side on Monday, resulting in felony charges against three men.

    Following a tip to the Cook County Sheriff's Animal Crimes Unit, police investigated a vacant house on the 3000 block of West Lexington Street, where about a dozen men came together at 7:30 p.m.

    Fifteen minutes later, two men showed up with pit bulls, one black-and-white and one red. The group then moved to the backyard.

    Officers from the Crime Unit, Special Operations Unit, and Gangs Unit raided the house and yard, finding the two pit bulls already in battle. The crowd scattered, and six people were taken into custody.

    Three of the arrested were charged on Tuesday. Gregory Johnson, 20, and Jeffrey Hall, 27, face charges of attending a dogfight. Anthony Are, 20, is charged with one felony count of dogfighting and was allegedly the handler of the red pit bull.

    The dogs are now at Chicago Animal Care and Control, police said.

    All three suspects will appear in bond court today, while the investigation continues.

    Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.