Prosecutor says man trained dogs to fight

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ERIE, Pa. — After 14 dogs were seized from an Erie home in August, a judge decided the homeowner, who is charged with felony counts of dog fighting, will face a jury.

Danny Swift, 41, is charged with animal cruelty, animal fighting and possessing animal fighting equipment after police went to a home at 1047 W. 28th St., on Aug. 1 after a neighbor called about a dog fight next door. 

“I just miss my dogs,” Swift said. “I want them back and it is all a lie.”

Swift pleaded his innocence and said that all of the allegations against him are a lie.

Evidence was presented in court Thursday that showed this may have been a dog fighting operation.

An Erie police officer testified that she witnessed an active dog fight between two dogs in the west side yard. 

She said the conditions inside the home, where 12 other dogs were kept, were deplorable with no food or water and feces everywhere.

A treadmill was found, a dog scale and enhancement medications all connected to dog fighting in the home.

The humane society and the A.N.N.A Shelter each took seven dogs, all are recovering except for one who died.

The defense argued that Swift could have been using a treadmill or scale for things other than fighting.

The prosecution also presented evidence of a website authored by Swift discussing buying, selling and training dogs.

Swift remains free on bond.

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