19 dogs seized from suspected dog fighting operation in Pueblo, two arrested
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Jerry Dewayne Grady, 73, and Armando Eloy Vigil, 35, were arrested on suspicion of animal fighting, a felony, Pueblo police said. (Courtesy of Pueblo police department)

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Pueblo police seized 19 dogs and arrested two men after raiding a suspected dog fighting operation Thursday.

Jerry Dewayne Grady, 73, and Armando Eloy Vigil, 35, were arrested on suspicion of animal fighting, a felony, police said.

Officers executed a search warrant Thursday in the 1400 block of East Beech Street and found the dogs, as well as "evidence related to animal fighting," police said. Three other people were arrested on unrelated warrants.

Gazette news partner KKTV reported that Grady showed undercover officers around the property and explained how the dogs would fight.

The investigation began in January, police said.

The dogs, which are of varying breeds, are being cared for at Pueblo Animal Services, a division of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, "while the case moves through the court system," police said.

Some of the dogs were puppies, KKTV reported.

"Some of the dogs had some old scarring and some of them did have fresh bite wounds," Lindsey Vigna with Pueblo Animal Services told KKTV. "So right now we are working with our veterinary team assessing the medical needs of the animals at this time."

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

Ellie is a crime and breaking news reporter. She's a proud Midwesterner, stationery hoarder and Earl Grey tea enthusiast. After interning at The Gazette in 2015, she joined the newspaper's staff in 2016.

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