Man accused of running dog fighting ring may face more charges

Posted at: 03/13/2013 10:26 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office busted what it called a possible dog fighting ring at a southeast Albuquerque home almost two weeks ago.

Many of the dogs taken from the home didn't make it.

The dogs' owner could face even more charges, specifically for drugs.

Among the rowdy bunch at the West Side Animal Shelter you'll find a quiet 14-year-old Doberman named Leo.

He and 13 pit bulls were taken from the home two weeks ago.

Leo is the only dog left.

The county says all 13 pit bulls had to be put down for being too aggressive.

"If you look at the conditions in which they were kept, and you look at their behavior you can understand why, why they had the significant aggression that they had," said Matt Pepper with Bernalillo County Animal Services.

The dogs were kept in pins with rags, feces. The county said they had no food or water.

Veterinary medical supplies and something else point to a dog fighting ring.

"Maybe a foot long to 18 inch piece of wood that they use if the dogs are fighting to open up the jaws," said Pepper.

Their owner, Antonio Bornot, faces felony charges for extreme animal cruelty.

"For anyone to look at how he was maintaining those dogs and say that that was appropriate would really be a ridiculous statement," said Pepper.

"Tony was not no bad person," said Donnie Terry. "I cannot say that."

Terry is Bornot's landlord. He says Bornot is the exact opposite of the allegations against him.

"He's a very nice guy and I know for a fact, I put my life on it: he was not fighting no dogs here in fact he took care of my dog 50-cents who got into a fight because he was a vet in Cuba," said Terry.

The investigation isn't over, neither is Leo's wait for a forever home.

A judge has until March 15th to indict Bornot on animal cruelty charges.