BUFFALO, NY - The case against Shanon Richardson is adjourned, it will go to a grand jury.
Richardson is the Buffalo Police cell block attendant charged with animal cruelty. The City of Buffalo employee was preparing for a felony hearing on animal cruelty charges on Tuesday morning when the case was adjourned.
Richardson, 39, is charged with several felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, including violating the prohibition of animal dog fighting. There is an on-line petition by animal rights activists calling on the Erie County District Attorney not to offer a plea deal in this case. They want the stiffest penalty possible for Richardson if he is convicted.
According to the felony complaint, Richardson used his home to "promote and conduct dogs to fight with each other" and that "numerous dog fighting tools were recovered."
Four pitbulls were taken away from Richardson's Buffalo home after his arrest in December 2013. Three of the dogs are at the Buffalo Animal Shelter. One is reportedly missing.
Police accused Richardson of failure to provide proper shelter for two of the dogs. There was also evidence of training or breeding dogs to fight, including a treadmill in the basement of the home and "weights for the animals necks.
Bite sticks, hormone growth pills, needles with injectable fluids, which was used and intended to use for training, preparations, conditioning," according to court documents.
The District Attorney's office would only say the case is pending as a felony. All sides are scheduled to appear before Buffalo City Court Judge Givens at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Richardson has been suspended from his job and ordered to stay away from animals.
The dogs are said to be in good condition now. As for the case, the district attorney is out of town, but his office says the case is still pending as a felony. Tomorrow, Richardson tells me he will be in Buffalo city court for a felony hearing.
If this case stands and he is convicted he does face possible jail time. He has been ordered to stay away from animals for now.