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An animal abuse case involving a Buffalo Police Department cellblock attendant arrested last year after four malnourished dogs and equipment for training them to fight were found at his home will be presented to an Erie County grand jury, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Tuesday.

Sedita declined to elaborate, citing his policy of not commenting on ongoing investigations.

Shannon Richardson, 34, was arrested Dec. 7 after police said they found the dogs and equipment at his home on Erb Street.

Richardson is charged with six violations of the Agriculture and Markets Law, accused of training or breeding dogs to fight, failure to provide proper sustenance for the animals and leaving them without appropriate shelter.

The dogs were turned over to the SPCA Serving Erie County for medical and behavioral evaluation. The next day they were sent to the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, according to SPCA spokeswoman Gina Browning.

Following his arrest, Richardson was suspended from his job as a cellblock attendant. He is scheduled to appear before City Judge Debra L. Givens at 9:30 a.m. Monday for a felony hearing.

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