Three arrested after Dudley home was raided Saturday; officials rescue 20 pit bulls
DUDLEY -- Three people were arrested Saturday on suspicion of operating an illegal dogfighting ring on a rural farming area near Dudley.
Police arrested Jamie Sifford, 29, of rural Stoddard County, Jessey Short, 30, of Cape Girardeau, and Curtis Pickering, 28, of South Fulton, Tenn.
Working on a tip received last week, sheriff's deputies and workers from the St. Louis Humane Society Animal Rescue Team raided a home on County Road 481 northeast of Dudley off Route WW. Officers seized large amounts of equipment and medical supplies associated with dog fighting operations and a quantity of controlled substances.
About 25 pit bulls of various ages were rescued from the property. Many were bandaged and injured when they were discovered in the woods north of the property where the fighting ring was located. The dogs were taken to the Missouri Humane Society in St. Louis, where they are being treated trauma and injuries.
The men are being held in the Stoddard County Jail pending court proceedings. Bond has been set at $125,000 cash only for Pickering and Short and no bond for Sifford. Further charges of animal abuse and related dog fighting charges are pending.
The joint operation was conducted by the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, the SEMO Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Humane Society.