Dogfighting magazine publishers charged


Jun 3, 2003
Dogfighting magazine publishers charged
Chicago Sun-Times |
"Two men were charged with promoting dog fighting by publishing a 10,000-circulation underground magazine that decreed 'champions' in the illegal competitions. James Jay Fricchione of Westtown, N.Y., and John Kelly of Jefferson, Ga., were charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and one count each of conspiracy to commit cruelty to animals... The investigation into Sporting Dog Journal grew out of a Pennsylvania State Police probe that resulted in the 2002 arrests of six people on charges of holding dog fights throughout southwestern Pennsylvania... Attorney General Jerry Pappert said the bimonthly magazine contained information on clandestine dog fights, their results and advertisements for puppies, stud services and equipment - such as treadmills and break sticks used to separate fighting dogs... The magazine, begun in 1972, cost at least $40 for a six-issue annual mail-order subscription."

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