Whiting Animal Control Officer Admits to Aiding Dog Fighting Ring

Source: US Department of Justice news release
Investigation Snares Martin Jakubowski for Providing Assistance to Suspected Dog Fighter

August 25, 2017-The Acting Superintendent of Animal Control and Parks for the city of Whiting, Indiana, pleaded guilty yesterday to diverting prescription veterinary antibiotics that were the property of the city’s animal shelter, to a resident of Chicago whom he knew to be involved in dog fighting activities, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana Clifford D. Johnson, and USDA, OIG Special Agent-in-Charge Anthony V. Mohatt.

Martin Jakubowski, 48, of Whiting, Indiana, pleaded guilty today before Judge John E. Martin of the Northern District of Indiana to one count of violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by introducing a prescription veterinary drug into interstate commerce without the lawful written or oral order of a licensed veterinarian. Sentencing is set for November 17.

“This prosecution further demonstrates our commitment to end unlawful animal fighting and to bring to justice those who unlawfully participate in this criminality,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“In partnership with the Department of Justice, animal fighting is an investigative priority for the USDA-OIG,” said OIG Special Agent-in-Charge Anthony V. Mohatt. “We will aggressively pursue and dedicate resources to assist in the criminal prosecution of those who participate in illegal fighting ventures, which often entail other forms of criminal activity involving drugs, firearms, and gambling.”

According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, Jakubowski oversaw the operation of the city of Whiting’s animal control program and animal shelter. While acting in that role, he gave prescription veterinary antibiotics to Pedro Cuellar to drug his dogs. Cuellar recently pleaded guilty to a federal dog fighting conspiracy charge in the District of New Jersey. The drugs had been purchased by the city animal shelter and were intended to treat two sick shelter cats.

Jakubowski also admitted that at various times between approximately 2011 and 2016, he housed dogs for Cuellar in buildings used by the animal shelter for periods of time extending from three days to more than a year. One of the dogs had scarring consistent with scars on dogs used in fights. Jakubowski also gave two pit bull-type dogs from the city’s animal shelter to Cuellar without standard adoption paperwork, knowing that Cuellar intended to transfer the dogs to other people. Jakubowski also admitted to his own prior involvement in a “roll” dog fight in 2004. A “roll” is a dog fight staged for the purpose of assessing the fighting characteristics of a dog or dogs, rather than for wagering purposes, and is generally stopped by the handlers before serious injuries result.

This case is part of Operation Grand Champion, a coordinated effort across numerous federal judicial districts to combat organized dog fighting. The phrase “Grand Champion” is used by dog fighters to refer to a dog with more than five dog-fighting “victories.” To date, 98 dogs have been rescued as part of Operation Grand Champion, and either surrendered or forfeited to the government.

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  1. factotem Reply

    You just never know. I hope something good comes out of this,like a sentence of public service. Whoever hired him should be investigated.

    • Jane Jones Reply

      Public Service??? Throw his miserable lying ass in jail!!!

  2. Bob Reply

    Anyone involved in dog fighting should be locked up for years and years. This is horrible cruelty. To be in a position that protects animals and assists a moron who is involved in dog fighting is terrible and intolerable. Worthless individuals profiting from animals pain. Throw them both in a hell hole cage and let them rot!

  3. Martha Reply

    What a shame. I’ve done so much for this shelter and my heart being with pit bulls just breaks my heart that my city could be so careless in hiring this monster.

  4. John Doe Reply

    To hell with this guy! The mayor is making a big mistake by not firing him.

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  6. Pete Reply

    The mayor will end up firing him the city is getting to much bad press over this idiot if marty had any guts at all he would resign his position from the city I assume it’s a felony of what he admitted to so jail time for him hopefully remember Mr mayor people have long memories and people vote they voted you in and they can vote you out

  7. m weller Reply

    Must not have required much of a background check. Or was it waived because this was a patronage hire? To hire someone to work in an animal shelter that has been an active participant in dog-fighting is shameful. No one else employed at the shelter was aware of what was going on? Hope this monster is convicted and sentenced to some serious time at the worst Federal pen in the country, not Club Fed. But he’ll probably just get probation. Michael Vick only got time because gambling was involved. The powers that be didn’t give a shit about animal cruelty.

  8. Nicole spore Reply

    Lock up that son of a bitch and let him get the dog fight that he deserves!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. J Huber Reply

    Whiting is very corrupt. The Mayor hired him when he made a lot of money from Marty’s boxing. He won’t fire him..They should all be in jail!!

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