A Buffalo man accused of using his home to train pit bulls for dogfighting pleaded guilty Friday to prohibition of animal fighting, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said.
Shondel Stephens, of Monroe Street, was using his residence as a facility to train pit bulls when SPCA agents searched the house in August, officials said. They found two severely injured pit bull dogs and animal fighting paraphernalia used to train dogs for dogfighting, officials said.
Stephens, who pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia, faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on June 25.
DA Flynn commends SPCA Agents Christina Vitello and Richard Rosenberry and veterinarian Dr. Helene Chevalier for their work on the case.
Assistant District Attorney Justin T. Wallens prosecuted the case.