The Chatham Kent Police Service along with the Ontario SPCA held a joint news conference to update a dog fighting investigation.
Police say they executed a number of search warrants at a residence on Morris Line in the township of Tilbury East last Friday.
There, they found a number of firearms, along with several dogs and evidence they were being trained to fight each other.
Constable Renee Cowell tells AM980 that a total of 31 “pit bull type dogs” were located on the property.
“Those 31 dogs have been placed in the care of the Ontario SPCA where they will be individually assessed based on their needs.”
Michel Gagnon (41), John Robert (43), and Kim Robert (39) all face two counts of animal cruelty and two counts of firearm related offences.
The three all live at the same Morris Line address.
Cowell says the trio will answer to additional charges during a court appearance tomorrow.
“This has been a very long, complex, and emotionally charged investigation for everyone involved,” says Cowell. “Investigators spent the better part of the holiday weekend working on this case and as a result we will be laying an additional 92 charges against each accused as per the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and the Dog Owner’s Liability Act.”
Cowell adds that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police.