Columbus man indicted on dog fighting, cruelty to animals, drug-related charges

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A Franklin County grand jury on Friday indicted a Columbus man on various dog fighting, cruelty to animals, and drug-related charges.

German Sanchez, 34, was arrested at his home on Dexter Avenue last month after 21 dogs were rescued from his home.

“Dogfighting is a criminal activity which generally ends in the death or serious injury of one of the dogs, all for the profit of the dog owner. This cruel and inhumane activity will not be tolerated,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

The charges are related to activity that occurred between March 12 through April 4th 2019, including possession and trafficking in cocaine, possession and trafficking in fentanyl-related compound, possession and trafficking in heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, having weapons while under disability, dogfighting, cruelty to companion animals (fifteen of the counts in the indictment have firearm specifications).

“On April 4th, 2019, a search warrant was executed at a house in which there was probable cause to believe drug trafficking and dogfighting activities were occurring. Authorities seized large amounts of various drugs, a firearm, 21 dogs, and dogfighting paraphernalia,” O’Brien said. 

O’Brien commended the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Capital Area Humane Society, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture for their investigation and work on this case.

Sanchez is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. May 17 in courtroom 2A at 345 S. High St.

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