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Officers Bust Alleged Dog-Fighting Ring, Rescue 7 Dogs, 9 Puppies: Police

By Bettina Chang | September 5, 2015 9:09am | Updated on September 5, 2015 9:37am
 Clifford McNeil, 43, is accused of running a dog-fighting ring out of his home in Fuller Park, according to police.
Clifford McNeil, 43, is accused of running a dog-fighting ring out of his home in Fuller Park, according to police.
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CHICAGO — Chicago police and SWAT officers raided a Fuller Park house Friday morning that they say was hosting dog fights, rescuing 7 dogs and 9 puppies, according to a news release.

Police arrested 43-year-old Clifford McNeil, of the 4700 block of South Shields Avenue, after discovering "several gaunt canines," dog-fighting paraphernalia, drugs and ammunition in the suspected dog-fighting house, according to the statement.

On Friday around 10 a.m. Gang Investigation Animal Crimes team officers, SWAT officers and Deering (9th District) police entered a home in the 4800 block of South Shields Avenue and found the dogs (7 adults, 9 puppies), police said.

The 16 dogs are scheduled for treatment and evaluation, the statement said.

McNeil was charged with 8 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 2 felony counts of dog fighting and 24 other animal-related misdemeanors.

He is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday.


Police recovered a total of 16 "gaunt" dogs, 7 adults and 9 puppies, which were scheduled for treatment and evaluation, according to a news release. [CPD]

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