Drugs and Ammunition Recovered – 7 Adult Canines and 9 Puppies Rescued
CHICAGO – Chicago Police have arrested and charged a Fuller Park man responsible for running a dog-fighting operation out of his residence.
43-year-old Clifford McNeil, of the 4700 block of S. Shields, was charged with 8 felony counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, 2 felony counts of Dog Fighting, 16 misdemeanor counts of Animal Owner Duties Violation, and 8 misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to Animals.
After gathering credible intelligence of animal cruelty and dog-fighting activity taking place at a residence in the Deering (9th) District, Gang Investigation Animal Crimes Team Officers, in conjunction with SWAT Team Officers and Deering District Personnel prepared to execute a search warrant.
On Friday, September 04, 2015, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Officers gained entry into the yard and garage of a residence on the 4800 block of S. Shields where they discovered several gaunt canines along with various paraphernalia used for purposes of dog-fighting and training. Further investigation led to the discovery of suspect narcotics, ammunition and additional adult canines and pups.
Officers located the offender on the premises and he was placed into custody and charged accordingly. McNeil is expected in bond court on September 5, 2015.
A total of 16 dogs (7 adults and 9 puppies) were recovered and scheduled for treatment and evaluation.