Monday, October 25, 2004

Authorities Seeking Evidence of Dog Fighting

From Espn.com, by the Associated Press

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Authorities again searched the home of Trail Blazers forward Qyntel Woods on Friday, seeking additional evidence of dog fighting.

Officials from the Oregon Humane Society, with assistance from the Clackamas County sheriff's office, carried out the search.

Woods' home was first searched on Monday, following allegations that Woods abandoned his pit bull _ reportedly because it would not fight for him.

"Investigators have probable cause to believe there is additional evidence of animal fighting within the residence that needs to be seized," the sheriff's office said Friday.

No criminal charges have been filed. Woods was suspended without pay by the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, pending a team investigation into the matter.

"The Trail Blazers organization continues our own investigation and we are cooperating fully with authorities in this serious matter," team president Steve Patterson said in a statement Friday. "Qyntel remains suspended from the team because of the allegations made against him involving his participation in dog fighting and the five other incidents involving Qyntel and the police since February 2003. If further steps are needed, we will not hesitate to take them."

Woods and his agent, Raymond Brothers, have denied wrongdoing.

Dog fighting is a felony in Oregon. Promoting or conducting dog fighting is punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and up to five years in jail.