According to a plea agreement to be entered in federal court, Jakubowski admitted to “exhibiting” in one “dog roll fight”, transferring two dogs to a dog fighter, housing dogs for a dog fighter in the City shelter and providing a prescription drug to a dog fighter
August 25, 2017-Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura says he is still gathering evidence regarding allegations against Martin Jakubowski. Jakubowski agreed yesterday to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of “a knowing violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” The specific admissions, outlined above, seem to go far beyond the convicted conduct of providing antibiotics to a known dog fighter. According to the statement from Acting United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson, Jakubowski was caught as a result of a nationwide dog fighting investigation called Operation Grand Champion. ( You can see that release Here)
For now, the Mayor says Jakubowski has been relieved of all duties associated with his role as director of animal control but will remain on as parks director. “I want answers as to whether he was intentionally helping in dog fighting” Stahura told the Gazette. Stahura repeatedly said that Jakubowski is a “good guy” who has done a lot of good for animals and the City of Whiting. An “acquaintance put the pressure on him to act stupid and he did” Stahura stated adding that Jakubowski is the kind of guy that would help anyone who asked. According to records maintained by the State of Indiana, Jakubowski earned just over $73,000 last year as Whiting Parks Director. It is unclear if that amount included a stipend for being animal control director.
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