By Sloane Quealy-Miner
Paterson, New Jersey - Caurie Swinger, 21, and his girlfriend Ashley Bryant, 32, were indicted for running one of the state’s largest dog-fighting rings out of Swinger’s home located at 226 Van Blarcom Street, Paterson, NJ 07524. The deadly duo were indicted on nearly two dozen counts of animal cruelty as well as drug and weapons charges following a drug raid in April 18, 2014. Property records show the home is owned by Caurie’s mother Constance Swinger.
Authorities discovered 21 horrifically abused pit bull dogs, in various states of injury, heartlessly crammed into cages. Many of the dogs were extremely malnourished, some couldn’t even walk. Four dead, badly scarred dogs were also found shoved into plastic bags like garbage. Paterson’s Animal Control Officer John DeCando said the dog-fighting occurred in an upstairs bedroom where the walls were splattered with blood. Police found steroids, needles, electronic shock collars, break sticks and sewing kits used for stitching the animals’ wounds. One dog rescued from this house of horrors named Karma had chemical burns on her head and her face was peeling away from bite wounds.
One heartless neighbor admittedly said you could hear the dogs in the backyard that were chained to trash cans cry at night. Other neighbors spoke of large groups of people that would gather at the house. They all used the tired excuse that they were too scared to do anything.
Typically Caurie Swinger and Ashley Bryant have pled not guilty to animal cruelty charges and they are roaming free on bail. The attorneys (Peter Festa, Kenyatta Stewart) for the killer couple are challenging whether police used a reliable informant and correctly followed their search warrant guidelines before Judge Bruno Mongiardo. If they are successful the judge could block all or part of the evidence gathered during the search warrant.
Sadly, if convicted, the pair will face harsher penalties for the weapons (maximum sentence of 10 years) charges than for the horrific torture and abuse of the innocent dogs (18 months to five years for all remaining charges). On December 12th killer Caurie Swinger, an Ashley Bryant’s lawyers will argue their briefs ont his matter in front of Judge Bruno Mongiardo.
CALL TO ACTION:
CONTACT Senior Passaic County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Pringle.
EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org and ask Mr. Pringle to vigorously prosecute Caurie Swinger and Ashley Bryant on all the charges they face. Ask that he always keep in mind the dogs, the victims who suffered horrifically because of these two.
DONATION INFO BELOW FOR THE RESCUES WHO HELPED THESE DOGS
All of the animals that made it out of this house of horrors alive were taken in and later adopted into loving homes. Huge thank you to the incredible people at Second Chance Pet Adoption League, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, and the New York Bully Crew in Long Island for all they did for these babies. If you would like to make a donation to any of these organizations please visit their websites through the links.
“With Our Eyes, They will be Seen~
With Our Voices, They will be Heard~
With Our Hands, They will know Comfort~
With Our Actions, They will be FREE!”