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Baker man faces dogfighting charges

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BAKER - Police have arrested a man accused of training dogs for fighting after finding 15 malnourished pit bulls at his home. 

47-year-old Yusef Chew faces dog fighting and cruelty to animal charges after police responded to multiple calls of a dog fighting incident in the backyard of a home in the 4600 block of Greenwood Lane.

When officers arrived, they found 15 malnourished pit bulls that were branded with the letter "C" on the hind legs. Some were covered in feces and some did not have water. However, the dogs that did have water had little water with green film over it. The dogs had multiple lacerations and injuries on their bodies.

Detectives noticed a deer camera that was used for recording the animals' weight. Detectives requested to search the house to collect evidence related to dog fighting, but Chew refused the request. Officers later obtained a search warrant and collected the evidence.

Chew was previously arrested for the same charges back in July 2003.

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