Jun 05, 2004 Father, Son Guilty In Dogfight Case

Lake County — A father and son were sentenced to community service and ordered to pay $9,000 to Lake County Animal Control after pleading guilty Friday to cruelty to animals for staging dogfights.

Jason Mitsias, 29, and Arthur Mitsias, 61, of the 500 block of Ridge Circle, Streamwood, were charged in September 2002 with nine counts of animal cruelty. Jason Mitsias also was charged with possession of equipment for dog fighting. All charges were misdemeanors.

Authorities found 15 malnourished pit bulls near Wadsworth. A sheriff's deputy shot one dog to death at the site in the 16700 block of Wadsworth Road. Lake County animal control officers took the rest. Two were stolen from the county's animal control facility in Mundelein, nine were put to sleep, and the others were adopted.

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