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Dog Fighting: Jonny Azhael Herrera, 20, of Utah, Charged with Dog Fighting, Cruelty; Fought Pit Bulls to "Help Them Get Along"

| by Denise A Justin
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Charges were filed Tuesday against Jonny Azhael Herrera, 20, of West Jordan, Utah, on one count of dog fighting and one count of cruelty to an animal. The charges resulted from Herrera allegedly setting up a dog fight between two Pit bulls in a park and then attempting to videotape the event.

A witness told police he was driving past a park at 8283 South 4300 West when he saw two men holding leashes of two dogs that were fighting, while a third man taped the fight.

The West Jordan police officer who responded said he observed a group of young men standing around with two pit bulls. One of the dogs, Pawk, belonged to Herrera. The dog’s ear was bleeding profusely and Pawk was panting heavily. The dog kept collapsing and falling over on its side.

The officer asked Herrera if he had water for the dog, and Herrera responded that he did not.

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According to charging documents, Herrera told the officer that Pawk and the other pit bull lived near each other and did not get along. Herrerea told police they decided to let the dogs fight it out to see if it helped them get along.

The officer inquired about the taping of the fight, and Herrera stated that they had tried to film the fight but could not because the camera did not have a memory card, reported Fox 13Now..

Dog fighting is a third-degree felony, and cruelty to an animal is a class B misdemeanor.

Up to a $5,000 reward is offered by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Callers’ identities are protected.

Source: Fox 13