Danny Swift could spend almost two years in prison on dog fighting charges, but local animal shelters say that justice was served when Swift was ordered to never own a dog again.
42 year old Danny Swifft will spend at least the next ten months in prison. Swift was sentenced up to 20 months this morning.
Swift was convicted by a jury in June for several counts of Animal Fighting, Cruelty to Animals, and one count of Possessing Animal Fighting Paraphernalia. This after Erie Police seized 14 dogs from his property after investigators say three pit bulls were involved in a fight in his back yard in August of last year.
In the sentencing hearing, Swift said he plans to appeal the case, maintaining his innocence and at times, even arguing back with Judge Daniel Brabender.
The dogs found at Swift's house were turned over to both the Anna Shelter and the Humane Society. Swift was ordered to pay back restitution to those organizations, totaling nearly $55,000. More that $30,000 to the Anna Shelter and more than $24,000 to the Humane Society.
Nicole Bawol of the NWPA Humane Society, says, "I think at his point and looking back a year ago, justice has been served. Yeah, I think we all wish that he could do more time considering the number of dogs that were put through such horrendous circumstances but he is incarcerated, he has a very lengthy probation period and he can't own an animal again."
The Humane Society says they're trying to work with legislators. They say they're making progress with animal cruelty laws.
Six of the dogs are up for adoption, and are very loving and friendly. Bawol says, "they're all placed up for adoption, and we're very, very happy about the new lives they'll have."
Several of the dogs seized have passed away and some are being evaluated behaviorally, but today the judge ordered the forfeit of those dogs, and the decisions made about the dogs, to the shelters' care.
Swift will be granted work release after 30 days.
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