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Accused dogfighting ringleader arrested, seven dogs rescued

Posted at 4:11 PM, Oct 12, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Buffalo man who investigators say was the ringleader of a major dog fighting operation in Buffalo.

Douglas Williams, 43, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, permitting animal fighting on one's premises, criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a loaded firearm - all felonies.

Williams was taken into custody on Friday following a traffic stop in Clarence. Two American bull terriers, believe to be en route to his home on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, were rescued from his vehicle.

A search of his home led to the rescue of five more dogs - all showing signs of severe abuse, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's SWAT Team also recovered a loaded 9mm handgun, cocaine, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.

Williams was on parole for his involvement in a violent home invasion. He also has a past conviction for aggravated cruelty to animals, and two federal convictions for possessing firearms.

He was released after posting $40,000 bail.

The dogs are now in the care of the SPCA Serving Erie County.