Reginald Anderson of Olathe has been charged with a felony count of dog fighting, a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and drug charges related to search warrants executed June 14 at his residence at 15821 W. 127th Terrace.
It started with complaints of a foul odor coming from the property. Searchers found marijuana, then items commonly linked to training dogs to fight -- including performance-enhancing drugs, a jaw strength-trainer and a canine treadmill.
Then there were the pit bulls -- 18 of them.
Fourteen puppies were put down after being diagnosed with a parasitic disease that occurs in neglected dogs. One adult was euthanized after another dog on the property attacked it. The remaining three dogs are at the Olathe animal shelter, where they won't be adopted.
Anderson's attorney says his client wasn't breeding the dogs for fighting.
| Sara Shepherd