Neighborhood News: Dog-fighting ring found in Germantown

Just read this story in the Philadelphia Daily News about an illegal dog-fighting operation happening just a few blocks away from W Rockland Street.


Dog-fighting ring found in Germantown

Philadelphia Daily News
By DAVID GAMBACORTA | March 26, 2009

Police found drugs, chewed up pit bulls and training equipment for a dog-fighting operation in a Germantown barbershop on Thursday night.

Narcotics Capt. Debra Frazier said officers raided the Lil Man Barbershop, on Germantown Avenue near Wister Street, and confiscated one pound of marijuana and one gram of crack.

The cops found a homemade treadmill, weights and two pit bulls – one of whom was scarred with bite marks – in the basement of the shop, Frazier said. Officers with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were called to the scene and took both dogs.

“It appeared to be a training operation,” Frazier said. The Department of Licenses and Inspections posted a cease operations order in the shop.

Jermaine Russell, 20, Leslie Norris, 40, and Richard Vaughn, 20, were arrested at the scene, Frazier said. Both Vaughn and Norris worked at Lil Man.

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