• Petitioned Hon. Kathleen Ann Sutula

This petition was delivered to:

Cuyahoga County Court Judge
Hon. Kathleen Ann Sutula

Say NO to Dog Fighting – Maximum Sentence for OH Man Accused of Fighting Dogs

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, United States

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February 2013

Victory

When Hand4Paws heard about a possible dog fighting ring where 27 frightened and emaciated dogs were removed, a petition was started on change.org. At the time the petition was sent, it had received more than 3,400 signatures. The petition asked for Collin Rand Jr. to receive the maximum sentence and that he never be allowed to own animals again. Judge Kathleen Ann Sutula listened, and on August 14, 2012, she sentenced Collin Rand Jr. to six months in jail, five years community service, and more than $12,000 in fines, restitution and court costs. He will not be allowed to own a dog again. If Rand violates the sentence, the judge said she would send him to prison for more than 12 years. According to the newsnet5 article, the judge mentioned how she had never received as many letters on any case in 21 years as she had on this case.

Cleveland, OH: On December 22nd, police raided a house after an anonymous tip alerted them to a possible dog fighting operation. The police removed 27 frightened and emaciated dogs, many of which were pit bulls. The dogs did not have food or water. Many were covered in scars, old and new. According to a rescuer, the dogs included nursing mothers and more than 15 puppies.

In the basement, there were blood splatters on the walls near plywood barriers, where it is believed the fighting took place. A treadmill and other equipment used to train dogs to fight were also found. According to news reports, no one lived in the house - it was instead being used to keep the dogs and hold dog fights.

Three days after an arrest warrant was issued for Collin Rand, Jr., 33, of Cleveland, he turned himself in to police. Rand is being held on charges of felony dog fighting.

Although the dogs have not yet been evaluated, comments from the people handling them seem to indicate that none of the dogs appear to be aggressive.

Fox 8 News quotes Cleveland Animal Control Chief John Baird as saying “"We're not sure what these dogs were being used for. They could have been used as bait dogs. It's unsure at the time."

According to Wikipedia.org, “"Bait" animals are animals used to test a dog's fighting instinct; they are often mauled or killed in the process. Trainers obtain bait animals from several sources: wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or in some cases, stolen pets”.

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_fighting

None of the dogs have been euthanized. They are safe for now at the Cleveland City Kennel, and are being checked by a veterinarian. They must be held until the court case is over, after which the kennel hopes they can all be put up for adoption or rescued.

We would like to thank whoever did the right thing and saved these dogs by reporting the dog fights to the police. If you have any information about possible dog fighting activity, the Humane Society of the United States has an animal fighting tip line at 877-HSUS-TIP. They also offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in dog fighting or cockfighting.

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/campaigns/cruelty_fighting/hsus_rewards_animal_fighting.html

This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Collin Rand Jr., the man accused of dog fighting, be given the maximum sentence allowable under law and that he never be allowed to own animals again.

For more information on this story: Fox 8 News: http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-cleveland-police-searching-for-dog-fighting-suspect-txt,0,5515791.story

Cleveland Pets Examiner article: http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-cleveland/dogs-seized-suspected-dogfighting-ring-held-at-city-kennel

Video courtesy of: www. Fox 8 .com

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Activists give judge standing ovation in dogfighting sentencing

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Collin Rand Jr., was sentenced on August 14, 2102 to six months in jail, five years community service, and more than $12,000 in fines, restitution and court costs. He will not be allowed to own a dog again. If Rand violates the sentence, the judge said she would send him to prison for more than 12 years. According to this article, the judge said "If I had the freedom and the discretion, you'd be serving a lot longer sentence, Mr. Rand. Much, much longer. In fact - probably like 27 years. A year for each dog." Thank you all so much for signing and sharing this petition.

    2. Ohio man pleads guilty to dog fighting and cruelty to animals

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      In a plea agreement, Rand now faces up to 180 days in jail, five years of probation, $6000 in restitution for the cost of medical care for the dogs, as well as forfeiting all of the property that was seized at the time of the raid.

    3. New court dates

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      New pre-trial scheduled for 6/28/12 and trial for 7/16/12

    4. Petition Closing

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The petition is now closed and will be sent to the target. Thank you so much for all that signed the petition:)

    5. Rescued Cleveland dogs fly to new life in Austin Texas

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      All the dogs rescued from the dog fighting ring are now safe! The last of the 27 dogs that were seized are headed to a new life today!!!

    6. Petition to close soon

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Petition to be closed and sent so it can received before the pre-trial date (4/11/12).

    7. New Pre-Trial Date

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      A new pre-trial date for Collin Rand has been set up for 4/11/12. Thank you again for signing this petition

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Pre-trial Conference

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      A pre-trial conference has been set for Collin Rand Jr. on 2/2/12 at 10:00 am in Room 23D at the Justice Center, Cleveland, OH

    10. Reached 2,500 signatures
    11. Pup used as bait in dog fighting ring thrives in foster home

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Heartbreaking to heartwarming video (link below) shows before and after shots of one of the Cleveland puppies used as a bait dog. Amazing what a little love will do to a pups broken spirit... And the before shots show what animal abuse can do to a dog.

      Thank you for signing this petition, and please continue to share; no animal should be made to suffer and go through the abuse this little pup (and the 26 other dogs taken from this house) went through.

    12. Reached 2,000 signatures
    13. Dog Fighting

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      From the article:

      "One dog needed emergency surgery for a prolapsed uterus. Another had an open wound on his tail and one had an abscess on his neck. Donations are being collected to help pay for the veterinary care, vaccinations, heartworm tests and sterilizations"

      If you would like to help:
      http://friendsofclevelandkennel.com/
      https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandCitykennel (if link doesn't work, search for "Cleveland Animal Control")
      Cleveland City Kennel: 216-274-9480

      Thank you, Donna Miller and cleveland.com for the update (under "Dog fighting" in the article).

    14. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Drea Scott CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      This man should be banned from ever owning an animal again for the rest of his life. He should have to pay a substantial sum of money to a charity or shelter, as wel as paying for any medical bills for the 27 dogs found. He should also be on a register for people who abuse animals, which he will have to show to future employers, or landlords!!

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    • Richard Spinaci NORTH HAVEN, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Totally for locking people up for serious jail time that commit crimes such as this.

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    • Lee Hayes LEWISVILLE, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      NOTHING should EVER be used in blood sport for pleasure. My soul weeps for these poor pups, and all the others lost to this inhumane sport

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    • Jessica Brown NAUGATUCK, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      Dog fighting is a CRIME!! IT needs to be treated as such!! These animals do not ask to be put in a situation where they have to fight to live and inflict pain and suffering on another dog!!! The punishments NEED to be firmer!!!

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    • Fran Livingston YANKTON, SD
      • over 2 years ago

      With all of the evidence according to the news reports, these scarred, frightened dogs were used as bait. Please give Collin Rand, Jr. the maximum penalty available.

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