A Buffalo man arrested two weeks ago during raids on what authorities called “the biggest dogfighting ring in Buffalo” has been ordered held for grand jury action on drug and animal-fighting charges.
Edward “Boo” Bishop, 52, of Hewitt Avenue, also was ordered held on $15,000 bail following a felony hearing Wednesday before City Court Judge James A.W. McLeod.
Bishop was arrested April 25 at his home, where authorities seized seven pit bull-mix dogs, according to Assistant District Attorney G. Michael Drmacich.
He is charged with two felony drug counts and one misdemeanor count of violating the state agricultural and markets law prohibiting animal fighting.
Bishop was one of at least three people arrested April 25 during raids on six homes in Buffalo. The Buffalo Police Department led the roundup, with assistance from a newly formed Anti-Dogfighting Task Force, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the SPCA Serving Erie County and other area law enforcement SWAT squads.
Anderson Tate, no age available, was arrested following a raid on Loring Avenue on misdemeanor charges of violating the prohibition on animal fighting, torturing or injuring animals and criminal possession of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance and faces a hearing Monday before City Court Judge Joseph A. Fiorella.
During the Loring Avenue raid, authorities took away six dogs from the back yard and fatally shot one inside the house. Investigators said some of the dogs were scarred from dog fights.
Sean Collins, no age available, was arrested after a raid on Humboldt Parkway on misdemeanor charges of violating the prohibition on animal fighting and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was released on his own recognizance and faces a hearing Tuesday before McLeod.
Police also raided homes on Wood Avenue, Forest Avenue and Ontario Street.
An arrest also was made during a raid on a Grand Island home on Grand Island Boulevard. The name of that suspect was not available.
A total of 21 dogs were seized during the raids, according to the SPCA. It said many of the dogs had scars and wounds consistent with fighting, and some appeared to be emaciated and in poor health. They are being cared for by the SPCA Serving Erie County.