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Warrant issued after accused dogfighting ringleader fails to appear in court

Posted at 11:39 AM, Oct 22, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo judge has issued an arrest warrant for 43-year-old Douglas Williams, the Buffalo man accused of being the ringleader of a major dog fighting operation in Buffalo.

Williams failed to appear for his scheduled court appearance Wednesday which led to the warrant being issued.

Williams was taken into custody October 9 following a traffic stop in Clarence. Two dogs believed to be en route to his home 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 Erie County Sheriff's office. A loaded 9mm handgun, cocaine, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia were also recovered.

He was 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 released after posting $40,000 bail.

Officials say Williams is considered dangerous. He has previously been convicted of violent felonies.