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Buffalo man accused of training pitbulls to fight

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 14:53:34-05

A Buffalo man is accused of using his own home as a facility for training of Pitt Bulls for dog fighting.

49-year-old Shondel Stephens of 61 Monroe St., Buffalo, has been arraigned on charges of cruelty to animals and possession of animal fighting paraphernalia.  

Back in August, SPCA agents entered Stephens home on a search warrant.  The agents located two severely injured Pitt Bull dogs and what is alleged to be animal fighting paraphernalia used to train dogs for dog fighting.  The dogs' wounds are alleged to be wounds suffered during a dogfight.  

Stephens pleaded not guilty. 

If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years.