- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BAKER, La. (AP) - A Baker police officer investigating a tip about possible dogfighting arrested the owner of 17 to 20 pit bulls on dogfighting and weapons counts.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1JQp57A ) an officer located the source of the noise at a home on McHugh Road, where Eugene Bernard Grayer allowed the officer to observe the dogs in the backyard Monday night. Grayer told the officer he raises, trains and sells the dogs for “friendly weight pulling contests,” according to the police report.

The arrest report says the officer asked Animal Control for assistance, and with the permission of Grayer, searched the home, where they found weight training equipment and a treadmill for the dogs.

Police also seized a 9mm gun and a 12 gauge shotgun with a pistol grip.

Grayer, 49, was booked with training dogs for fighting and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

It was unclear whether Grayer has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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