Madison: Robert Lowery made his initial appearance in Dane County Court Wednesday. He is charged with 3 felonies; one each for training dogs to fight, hosting dog fights and promoting dog fights.
The charges stem from a drug bust at his Town of Dunn home last summer. 48 american pit bulls were seized and are now being housed at the Dane County Humane Society.
According to the criminal complaint a vet checked out the dogs and says many of their injuries are consistent with dog fights-such as torn ears, puncture marks and broken teeth.
Also in the complaint a man told police he saw Lowery kill pit bulls that looked like they would quit in a fight.
Lowery has already pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and will be sentenced in February. He was released on a signature bond Wednesday because he may be going to prison early. "Mr Lowery is suffering from what has been diagnosed as a terminal cancer. Federal Court Judge John Shabazz has ordered that he receive treatment."
If a bed opens up soon in a federal prison in Minnesota he may go there for treatment, but if he is not gone by next Tuesday he will be back in court for his preliminary hearing
As for the pit bulls, they are still racking up bills at the humane society. The board president says it costs nearly $6,000 a week to care for the animals and they need Lowery convicted before they become property of the shelter and can be adopted out.