Delray man charged with holding dog fights; 11 dogs wounded

 

When police knocked on Roy Chester Bennett’s front door Sunday, they said he opened the door covered in dog’s blood.

An anonymous tip to the Delray Beach Police Department worked: Bennett was running a dog-fighting ring from his backyard, an arrest report claims.

Police: Delray man charged with holding dog fights; 11 dogs wounded photo

Bennett, 48, faces 33 charges of animal cruelty — 11 for causing cruel pain and suffering, 11 for animal fighting and 11 for keeping the animals in poor condition.

Police found 11 wounded dogs at a Delray Beach home, on Southwest 10th Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue and east of Interstate 95, on Sunday afternoon.

The tipster told officers that Bennett had been facilitating dog fights for weeks, the arrest report states.

Bennett answered the door Sunday afternoon and told police the blood on his clothes belonged to his wounded pet. He let officers check the backyard, the report says.

The officers found the wooden fence used to cage in the pups during fights and dried blood stains scattered around a carpeted area behind the home, the report describes.

The dogs were chained up, limping and seemingly malnourished, officers say.

One dog was bleeding from the mouth and covered in cuts. He was lying on his side and appeared to be in pain, the report describes.

Animal Care and Control removed the dogs from the home.

Officers noted that there was no food or water in the dog cages, and garbage and empty bleach canisters littered the cages.

At Bennett’s first appearance in court Monday morning, Judge Caroline Shepherd set Bennett’s bond at $66,000 and ordered him to stay away from any animals.

A prosecutor from the State Attorney’s Office said Bennett had been arrested more than 20 times on felony charges. Police say Bennett was charged once before in 1995 with facilitating dog fighting.

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