Man accused of dog fighting arraigned on 12-count indictment

Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man accused of dog fighting and drug charges was arraigned on a 12-count indictment Monday morning.

More than a year ago, Douglas Williams, 44, was charged when officials rescued seven dogs, but all seven had to be euthanized.

Police say Williams had been taking part in animal fighting on Bailey Avenue.

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At the time of his arrest, Williams had two of the seven dogs with him. He was on parole after he was involved in a violent home invasion.

A search was conducted at his home, where authorities say they found cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and an illegal gun. That’s also where prosecutors say they found the other five dogs, in inadequate conditions.

“In addition to being in possession of potentially deadly narcotics and illegal guns, this defendant is accused of using cruel methods to train these dogs to become dangerous animals,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said.

Williams, who was previously convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals and firearm possession, had been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia when he was arrested last year. He was released after posting bail.

After failing to appear for a return court date, a warrant for his arrest was issued. He was later taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Service in the area of Atlanta, Georgia.

“I am pleased to announce that this defendant has been arrested after being wanted on a warrant for nearly a year, so my office can proceed with prosecution,” Flynn said.

On Monday, it was announced that Williams has been indicted on the following charges:

  • Three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • One count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • One count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance
  • Three counts of prohibition of animal fighting, training animal with intent that it will engage in animal fighting
  • Two counts of overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance
  • Two counts of prohibition of animal fighting, possession, sale or making of animal fighting paraphernalia

“This case highlights the tragedy of these underground, illegal activities,” Flynn said.

Williams will be back in court on November 8. He’s currently in custody without bail and if convicted of all charges, could spend up to 25 years in prison.

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