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Man sentenced to 6 months in jail for dog fighting

A Monroe Street man has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for dog fighting.

Shondel Stephens, 49, is also prohibited from owning any animals while on probation. The sentence was handed down Monday by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.

In April, Stephens pleaded guilty to prohibition of animal fighting.

According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Stephens was using his residence as a facility to train pit bulls for dog fighting. When SPCA agents executed a search warrant on Stephens' home on Aug. 31, they found two severely injured pit bull dogs, two other dogs and animal fighting paraphernalia used to train dogs for the blood sport of dog fighting.

Assistant District Attorney Justin T. Wallens of the DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit prosecuted the case.

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