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6 charged in Maywood dogfight

One two wounded dogs rescued from dogfight Maywood received veterinary care from Animal Welfare League.

One of two wounded dogs rescued from a dogfight in Maywood received veterinary care from the Animal Welfare League.

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Updated: April 19, 2011 5:26AM

Six people were arrested on dogfighting charges after Cook County sheriff’s officers raided a Maywood residence where dogs were locked in battle.

The arrests came Thursday when members of the sheriff’s police Animal Crimes Unit were in the process of serving a search warrant for animal cruelty and neglect of owner’s duties involving a pit bull.

Inside the residence, in the 700 block of South 3rd Avenue, investigators came upon two pit bulls fighting, authorities said.

After being forcibly separated, workers from the Animal Welfare League removed the wounded dogs and took them to their facility in Chicago Ridge for immediate veterinary care.

Charges are pending for a seventh person arrested at the dogfight who was hospitalized for an unrelated condition.

Jonathan Holt, 28, of the 700 block of South 3rd Street in Maywood, has been charged with dogfighting.

Tara Jackson, 19, and Ebony Jackson, 21, both of the 2000 block of South 13th Street in Maywood; Kevin Hicks, 25, of the 2700 block of West Maypole in Chicago; Aaliyah Jackson, 18, of the 500 block of South 5th Street in Maywood; and Andre Gaines, 24, of the 1900 block of 5th Street in Maywood, all have been charged with attending a dogfight.

Gaines was also arrested on a Cook County warrant for weapons possession, aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance, according to the release.

Bond has been set at $10,000 for Holt, Ebony Jackson, Hicks, and Aaliyah Jackson, according to the sheriff’s office. Tara Jackson received a $5,000 bond and Gaines is being held without bond. The next court date for all six is Jan. 4 in Maywood.

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