Charges dropped against 2 men in suspected dog fighting ring

All 67 charges against two men accused of running a dog fighting ring in southwestern Ontario have been tossed due to an unreasonable delay in court proceedings.

67 charges dropped due to an unreasonable delay in court proceedings

Charges against two men accused of animal cruelty for an alleged dog fighting ring in Tilbury have been dropped.

All 67 charges against two men accused of running a dog fighting ring in southwestern Ontario have been tossed due to an unreasonable delay in court proceedings.

The animal cruelty and weapons charges were stayed last week after the men's lawyer said they were denied their right to a trial within a reasonable time frame.

Chatham-Kent police and Ontario SPCA seized 40 'fighting dogs' and firearms from this home in Fletcher, Ont. (Alex Brockman/CBC)

The Supreme Court has ruled that cases should be heard in Superior Court within 30 months, and the judge said this case would span 30 months and 28 days.

Police had seized 31 pit bulls, fighting records, 15 guns, about a kilogram of marijuana, and dog fighting paraphernalia including "rape stands" used in breeding.