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Six "Aggressive" Pit Bulls Shot During House Search in Elgin

By Anthonia Akitunde in News on Feb 21, 2010 10:00PM

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Elgin police shot six "aggressive" pit bulls while searching a home, the Daily Herald reports.

During their search, police officers found 21 pit bulls and more than 50 marijuana plants and paraphernalia "used to grow the plants indoors," the report. Based on their findings, police charged Alexandro Campos-Riviera, 37, with "one felony count of animal cruelty and one felony count of marijuana production." He is currently held on a $750,000 bond.

Animal control officers were brought along for the search because police suspected pit bulls would be found on the premise. Raw meat was on the floor and dogs that had escaped their cages began attacking each other. Officers hoped to "noose" the dogs and remove them, but the dogs were too aggressive, Deputy Chief Jeff Swoboda said. Swoboda said it appeared the dogs were trained to exhibit such behavior.

No officers were harmed during the search.

[Daily Herald via Chicago Breaking News]