Organized dogfighting ring dismantled in man's home, Brevard cops say
Deputies: Drugs, dogs found in horrific conditions at home
COCOA, Fla. – The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Friday that agents uncovered and dismantled an organized dogfighting ring.
The dogfighting activity was happening at a home on Airboat Avenue in West Cocoa, according to deputies.
Deputies said they were originally at the home investigating a drug case and while on property they found nearly a dozen dogs that were in horrific conditions.
Investigators said the dogs were on heavy-weighted chains and had little to no shelter, food or water.
Agents said they also found unsanitary needles, steroids, antibiotics and an antiseptic wound treatment used to treat wounds suffered in dogfights.
Deputies shared pictures of where they presume the dogfights were happening. Agents say the carpets on the makeshift arena were covered with blood, and they found a number of chairs surrounding it where people would watch and gamble.
Sheriff's agents said Siricia Mitchell, 40, was the ringleader of the dogfighting ring, and it wasn't the first time he's been arrested on the same charges.
Back in 2009, deputies said they found upwards of 40 dogs on the same piece of property in the same condition.
"I didn't expect it," said neighbor Glenn Cole. "I thought after the first time he would've learned his lesson."
Deputies said they also found about 5-8 pounds of marijuana inside Mitchell's home.
The dogs rescued were taken to Animal Services, which the Sheriff's Office now oversees, where they will be treated, evaluated and hopefully put up for adoption.
Mitchell is in the process of being booked into the Brevard County Jail, where deputies say he will be facing several dogfighting and drug possession charges.
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