BAKER — A Baker police officer investigating a tip about possible dogfighting Monday evening arrested the owner of 17 to 20 pit bulls on dogfighting and weapons counts.
The officer located the source of the noise at a home at 2305 McHugh Road, where resident Eugene Bernard Grayer allowed the officer to observe the dogs in the backyard. Grayer told the officer he raises, trains and sells the dogs for “friendly weight pulling contests,” according to the police report.
The officer asked Animal Control for assistance, and with the permission of Grayer, searched the home, where they found weight training equipment and a treadmill for the dogs, the report says.
Grayer, 49, who has a history of narcotics convictions, also told the officers he had guns in the house, and the officers seized a 9mm handgun and a 12 gauge shotgun with a pistol grip, the report says.
Grayer was transported to the Baker Police Department and then booked into Parish Prison on counts of training dogs for fighting and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.