Long Island man indicted on dog fighting charges

A pitbull in a cage
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A Long Island man has been indicted for breeding and selling pitbulls used for dog fighting, Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced Monday.

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The Freeport man, 54-year-old Lonnie Poindexter, came under investigation back in 2020 after posting videos, photos and dog pedigree information online and offering pitbulls for sale, officials said.

Poindexter used code words and terms that are common in the dogfighting community when he placed the young dogs up for sale, authorities said.

In October 2021, Poindexter was arrested at his home. Inside of his home, investigators found six pit bulls used for breeding, a breeding stand, a treadmill, detailed pedigree paperwork and heavy chains which are all used for dogfighting.

“Dogfighting is barbaric and cruel, and those who partake in the blood sport are often linked to gang and drug activity,” Donnelly said. “The defendant in this case allegedly bred dogs for the purpose of using them in unconscionable blood sport. I encourage anyone who may be aware of dogfighting activity to contact our Animal Crimes Unit at 516-571-7755 option #8.”

Poindexter was charged with both felony and misdemeanor dogfighting charges for he pleaded not guilty. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back Sept. 15. If convicted of the felony charge, he faces up to four years in prison.