Guilty plea in fight-dog case

Los Angeles Times - - Latextra - — Tony Perry

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.

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