Albuquerque man investigated for dog fighting

Posted at: 03/03/2013 9:48 PM
Updated at: 03/03/2013 10:49 PM
By: Adam Camp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

PHOTO: Antonio Bornot
PHOTO: Antonio Bornot

Several abused dogs were found during a domestic dispute call in southeast Albuquerque on Friday night and they may have been used in a possible dog fighting ring, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies went to the home because Antonio Bornot’s wife said them she believed her husband was going to hurt her.

Officers said they found dogs locked in a bedroom, dogs locked in cages, cuts on the dogs, even a leg snapped in half with no cast and charged Bornot with eight counts of extreme cruelty to animals.

One of Bornot’s neighbors commented about the allegations.

“That's a complete shock. I can't believe that he got arrested on some of these charges,” Martin Orozco said.

According to Orozco, Bornot has always had dogs and said some of the dogs had deformities, like the dog with a leg that looks to be snapped in half.

“I would just assume that if anything happened to these dogs, they just grew up like that and he decided to take care of them as is. But he definitely should have taken them to the vet or something like that,” he said.

Deputies also found bite sticks and other metal objects that are similar to objects used for dog fighting, especially when it comes to prying open a dog’s mouth when it is latched onto another dog.

The county is investigating the dog fighting allegations. A judge has until March 15 to indict Bornot on the animal cruelty charges.