MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A Muncie man arrested after police seized 25 pit bulls from an alleged dog-fighting training facility now faces 43 charges.
Delaware County prosecutors accuse 36-year-old Rahsaan Ahmad Johnson of promoting animal-fighting contests or engaging in animal cruelty. Thirty-four of the 43 counts filed Friday are felonies.
The Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/HFJtdt ) Johnson's initial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. He remains jailed on a $251,000 bond.
Police officers and animal shelter workers removed the pit bulls from a squalid mobile home during a late March raid in which they found some dogs in crates and others chained outdoors.
An affidavit says U.S. Customs agents told police Johnson had picked up two of the pit bulls shipped in from the Dominican Republic at Indianapolis International Airport only days before the raid.
Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com