Churubusco Dog Fight Suspects Appear In Court

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Stephanie Parkinson

December 30, 2012 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Eighteen people, arrested in connection with an alleged dog fight in Churubusco, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

One of them entered a guilty plea for a misdemeanor charge of attending a dog fight contest. The rest maintained their innocence.

Acting on a tip, Whitley County police raided the home of Eddie Smith, 36, of Churubusco, December 29. Police say they found an injured and bloodied pitbull-type dog inside a wooden dog fighting ring at Smith's home.

Two other dogs, one of which was injured, were found inside the home. All three dogs were taken by the Whitley County Humane Shelter.

Wednesday was a very emotional day for family members, especially the family members of Eddie Smith, the person who lives in the Churubusco home where this raid happened.

"It's my children that are suffering. They see all the things that are in the paper and all the things that are on the Internet and they have to suffer. They are old enough to read that kind of stuff and everything that people say about their dad. They don't deserve to see their dad get slandered the way that he has. You know, people say people are innocent until proven guilty, but technically they're not. They're guilty until proven innocent,” said Robin Smith, Eddie's Wife.

Robin Smith says when police came to home December 29 the dogs were separated. She also says one of the dogs taken was her family pet. She assured me that dog had not been harmed or trained to fight. She didn't know who the 2 other dogs, that were taken, belonged to.

"God will settle it all out, pretty much basically is what I'm saying. Some people are mischarged, misinterpreted,” said Robin Smith.

14 of these people, who were at the Churcubusco home, are facing a misdemeanor charge for attending a dog fight. One of them entered a guilty plea Wednesday and was sentenced to one year in the Whitley County Jail. Three others are facing the same charge in addition to other misdemeanors.

Eddie Smith faces three felonies and three additional misdemeanor charges. Most of these people are due back in court January 29 some others in early February.

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