Dog-fight sweep results in 2 arrests, 58 dogs seized


An investigation into dog fighting by authorities in northwestern Illinois has resulted in two arrests and the seizing of 58 dogs.

Rock Island Police Chief Jeffrey VenHuizen says 11 federal search warrants were executed Thursday in Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa as part of a yearlong investigation related to dog-fighting, narcotics and firearms.

Arrested were 41-year-old Ryan Hickman and 34-year-old Willie Jackson, both of Rock Island. Hickman is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Jackson is charged with unlawful possession of cannabis. It wasn't immediately known if the two have legal representation.

State's Attorney John McGehee said a myriad of animal abuse charges, felony and misdemeanor offenses are possible under Illinois law. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has possession of the dogs.


Information from: The Rock Island Argus,