The Nassau County DA's office has indicted two men on felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly operating a dog fighting ring. Marlon Bernier, 25, and Ricardo Louis, 22, are charged with rearing pit bulls, "training the dogs to fight, pitting them against one another, and breeding the strongest dogs." CBS reports they then sold the dogs through their website, BlueMagicPitz.com for around $700 apiece. Authorities seized nine dogs in a raid from a home in Elmont, "many with fresh wounds from recent fights," and two of the animals required urgent medical treatment.
Bernier was convicted last year of misdemeanor animal cruelty for training pit bulls to fight and "menace" the police, and was prohibited from keeping any animals. Authorities claim that the men have been running the dogfighting ring since May of last year. Kennels were found behind the house, and a "spring-pole apparatus" made from a basketball hoop was used to strengthen the pit bulls' jaws, as seen in the video below.
The men would post other videos on YouTube profiling their dogs for sale. If convicted both men face 4 years is prison. Bernier was released on $25,000 bail and his attorney tells the Post he "steadfastly denies" the allegations.