Guilty plea in fight-dog case
A 35-year-old man in northeast San Diego County pleaded guilty Wednesday to five counts of owning and training dogs for fighting. Raul Leyva faces a possible 11-year prison sentence when he is sentenced Nov. 23.
Animal-control officers raided Leyva’s property in 2008, seizing 10 pit bulls, some of which had scars similar to those seen on fighting dogs. Also seized was a treadmill, bloody carpeting, pictures of dogfights and a manual on how to train dogs for fighting, according to court documents.
New owners were found for four of the 10 dogs. Six were euthanized.