Elmont man arrested for alleged dog fighting

ELMONT - Cops say an Elmont man has been arrested for criminal contempt and allegedly using dogs for fighting purposes.

Police say they responded to an anonymous 911 complaint regarding possible dog fighting on Virginia Avenue and found Marlon Bernier, 25, at the address. Cops say Bernier was asked for his identification before he jumped over a 6-foot fence to evade officers. They say a foot pursuit ensued and a short time later, Bernier was caught.

According to the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Bernier pled guilty to animal cruelty charges last June and was under a court order, which stated he would not own, harbor or have custody or control over any animals for five years.

The Town of Hempstead Animal Control responded to the residence and removed nine dogs from cages. Officials say eight of the dogs were pit bulls and one other dog was a German Shepherd.

Two of the pit bulls had wounds on their faces and several other dogs had old scars from bites. Cops say the marks indicated that the dogs were involved in fights with other animals.

All animals were removed and are being treated at the Wantagh Animal Shelter.

Bernier spent two months in prison for the incident last year, but faces up to two years behind bars this time around. He is due back in court June 15.

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