Home Of Qyntel Woods Is Searched-Dog Fighting Case
Portland, Ore. - While Qyntel Woods finds himself facing possible animal abuse and neglect charges involving a dog found in northeast Portland, new information about the Trail Blazer player and his involvement with Pit Bulls has surfaced.
Lake Oswego, Ore. - Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies, along with Oregon Humane Society officials, descended on the home of Trail Blazer Forward Qyntel Woods Monday morning.
Officials executed their warrant while Woods was practicing at the Blazers practice facility in Tualatin at 11:30 a.m.
Shortly after investigators entered Woods' residence, they removed evidence and dug up disturbed areas of the back yard looking for dog remains, investigators said.
"We are finding things that will warrant further investigation," said Oregon Humane Society Lt. Randy Covey.
That investigation could lead to a number of possible charges involving three different alleged actions on Qyntel Woods' part.
First, he could end up facing animal abuse and neglect charges involving a wounded Pit Bull that Multnomah County Animal Control alleges was abandoned in northeast Portland.
The female dog, named Hollywood, was found with fresh puncture wounds, scars and bruises on her chest, belly and legs.
On October 4 when KATU News asked Woods about Hollywood, he said he has never fought Pit Bulls and that, "I was going to breed it with my other dog, but they didn't take, so I just decided to get rid of it."
Second, Woods could face federal charges if he is found to have purchased Pit Bulls for the purpose of using them in fights.
A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to KATU News last week about the time he met Qyntel Woods at Portland International Airport.
He said the two met each other at the Delta Air Cargo parking lot about seven or eight months ago when Woods was picking up a Pit Bull that had just been flown in from Florida.
While picking up a dog from the airport is certainly not strange, what the man says he remembers most about the meeting is what Woods said.
"I asked him, 'do you breed them?' He said 'no, I fight them,'" he told KATU News. "I wasn't really surprised, but I couldn't believe someone would brag about it, you know, the audacity to brag."
Third, if evidence is found at Woods' home that shows he used his property for organized fights, then he could face a Class C Felony charge involving dog fighting that carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and $120,000 in fines.
"You wouldn't actually need to have dogs (on the residence), you just need to be able to prove that a dog fight occurred on a residence," said Covey.
The problems for Woods began when KATU News reported that a Pit Bull named Hollywood had been found in northeast Portland with fresh wounds.
"Quite frankly, the reporting of Channel 2 is what brought that information forward," said Clackamas County Sheriff's Detective Jim Strovink.
When asked about the dog, Woods told KATU News he had given the Pit Bull away.
"I know this guy and I took my dog over there," he said. "And he saw my dog and he wanted it. So I gave it to him."
Woods has since denied that the dog is his, although records with Clackamas County show he is the owner of a gold colored Pit Bull, which he has had since early this year.
Multnomah County Animal Control is now investigating possible animal neglect and abuse charges involving Hollywood.
Last week, they examined the Pit Bull to try to determine if the dog had been a victim of abuse, but did not release the results due to their ongoing investigation.
The animal rescuer who has been caring for Hollywood says she believes the dog was abused, namely by being used as a fighter.
"There's old scars and new scars on top of old scars and then fresh wounds, which indicates to me that the dog has repeatedly been in fights," said Gabby Cholak with K-9 Rescue.
Officials at Multnomah County Animal Control say that it is a challenge to prove that dog bites are the result of organized fights rather than normal encounters between animals.
"Bite wounds are bite wounds," said John Rowton with Multnomah County Animal Control. "There is no note attached that says this dog was in a fight or it got hurt in an off-leash park."
Additional Charges Involving Drugs?
Woods may find himself in trouble for charges unrelated to dog fighting. When investigators arrived at Woods' residence Monday afternoon they said they found "an aroma of marijuana in the home."
Even though Woods was not at home when the warrant was served, investigators said they will be looking into drug possession charges
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