Former BPD Employee Accused of Dog Fighting Arraigned in Court

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A former cell block attendant for the Buffalo Police Department pleaded not guilty to six counts of animal cruelty Thursday morning.

34-year-old Shanon Richardson was arrested back in December when police rescued four malnourished dogs from a home on Erb Street.

Police also found what appeared to be dog fighting and training equipment in the home.

Police say Richardson was using them in a dog fighting ring.

Richardson pleaded not guilty and was taken into custody. He's now being held on $7,500 bail.

If convicted, Richardson faces a maximum of four years in prison.

The four dogs involved were taken to the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter after being rescued. One of the four dogs, named "Ginja," recently went missing, and may have been abducted.

A reward of $7,000 dollars is being offered for Ginja's return. Anyone who may have information on Ginja's whereabouts is asked to call Guardians of Rescue at 1 (888) 287-3864.