In December 2013, Shanon Richardson was arrested and charged with felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in connection with allegations of dogfighting. Four pitbulls were seized from his home:
Police accused Richardson of failure to provide proper shelter for two of the dogs. There was also evidence of training or breeding dogs to fight, including a treadmill in the basement of the home and “weights for the animals necks.
Bite sticks, hormone growth pills, needles with injectable fluids, which was used and intended to use for training, preparations, conditioning,” according to court documents.
Earlier this month, one of the four seized dogs being held at the city shelter was stolen:
A volunteer at the Buffalo Animal Shelter told News 4′s Lou Raguse the missing dog was being kept in a section of the shelter accessible to the public.
Richardson is currently suspended from his job with the city of Buffalo and ordered to have no contact with animals. A plea deal was rumored to be in the works which would allow Richardson to plead to lesser charges. The case was slated to go to a grand jury and no additional updates appear to be available. Police are reportedly investigating how the missing dog was lost on the city shelter’s watch.