Dog fighting arrest

Sarah Eames | The Daily Star

Delaware Valley Humane Society shelter manager Erin Insinga and Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond are shown at a news conference Friday, Feb. 14, at which DuMond announced the arrest of a Franklin man on charges of dog fighting and animal cruelty.

A Franklin man has been arrested on 41 charges related to dog fighting after 20 dogs were seized from a barn at his home.

The announcement came at a media conference Friday morning at the Delaware Valley Humane Society in Sidney.

Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond said Nasir Azmat, 41, was charged Wednesday with 20 counts possessing dogs under circumstances evincing an intent that such animals engage in animal fighting; one count of owning or possessing animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to engage in or otherwise promote or facilitate animal fighting; and 20 counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals by failing to provide proper sustenance.

All of the charges are misdemeanors, DuMond said. Azmat was also ticketed by the Franklin dog control officer for 19 charges of harboring an unlicensed dog. He is scheduled to answer the charges at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Franklin Town Court.

The arrest came after an investigation by sheriff’s deputies in conjunction with the Sidney shelter and other area animal shelters, along with veterinarians associated with the shelters, DuMond said.

According to a media release, deputies, acting on information from DVHS, found 20 unlicensed dogs “confined in deplorable conditions without proper food, water or care” at a residence on county Route 21.

Deputies did not find evidence of dog fighting at that location, DuMond said, but saw the dogs had scars and injuries, and also found equipment that indicated dogs were being trained and conditioned for fighting.

The dogs are under the care of local shelters, with the exception of a German shepherd, which was euthanized.

More information on this story will appear later on and in Saturday’s edition of The Daily Star.

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