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Franklin man arrested on animal fighting and cruelty charges

Nasir Azmat (photo: Delaware Co. Sheriff's Office)

A Delaware County man is under arrest on dozens of charges in relation to an alleged dogfighting ring.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 3:28 PM

SIDNEY, NY – A Delaware County man is under arrest on dozens of charges in relation to an alleged dogfighting ring.

Friday morning the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced 41-year-old Nasir Azmat of Franklin faces 41 counts of violating New York State’s animal fighting and animal cruelty laws. These charges include:

- 20 counts of possessing dogs under circumstances evincing an intent that such animals engage in animal fighting
- 1 count of owning or possessing animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to engage in or otherwise promote or facilitate animal fighting
- 20 counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals - failure to provide proper sustenance

Each of these charges is classified as a misdemeanor under the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law. He also faces an additional 19 counts of harboring an unlicensed dog.

Sheriff Craig DuMond says deputies were tipped off to a case of animal abuse, and on February 5 discovered 20 dogs being kept in “deplorable” conditions without proper food, water, or care at a home on County Highway 21 in the Town of Franklin. Police say there wasn’t evidence of actual dogfighting taking place on the property, but the dogs had suffered “traumatic” injuries and equipment was on site which was consistent with the training of dogs for fighting.

"…looking into the eyes of these innocent victims of such horrific circumstances, it's very hard not to become furious. To think that this perpetrator walks away without an immediate court arraignment after facing 41 counts of animal cruelty charges is disgusting. The Governor, Legislature and their advocates keep perpetuating the lie that we in law enforcement are fear mongering. This is not fear mongering; this is sticking up for the victims of real cases. Victims who are defenseless and deserve an advocate. If our elected officials are not going to advocate for victims, they should all be removed and replaced as far as I'm concerned. I am honored and very proud of our efforts in this case and grateful for the relationship with share with our victim advocates such as the Delaware Valley Humane Society," said Sheriff DuMond.

Azmat was arrested on February 12 following an investigation involving the sheriff’s office as well as the Delaware Valley Humane Society, Susquehanna SPCA, Broome County Humane Society, and local veterinarians. He was issued appearance tickets for each of the charges and is scheduled to appear in Franklin Town Court on February 27.

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