TACOMA – Tacoma man facing 75 animal cruelty and animal fighting charges ordered to stop promoting his dog breeding business on social media after prosecutors tried to increase his surety for breach of court order.
According to court documents, Elmer Givens Jr., the man accused of leading a dog fighting ring out of his Tacoma home, was ordered on March 4 not to “own, keep, breed or promote dog breeding “. It was a condition of his $ 150,000 bond.
But prosecutors said Givens did not comply, citing two social media posts on March 12 and 18 and a website promoting dogs for sale that was still active as of March 29.
One of the posts said a “minor setback for a major comeback” with a photo of a dog, while the other was a photo of dogs that appeared to be in Givens’ basement.
Elmer Givens (news photo Q13)
Givens also discussed dog possession in several phone calls he made from prison, court documents show. He told friends he planned to “move somewhere else” when he got out.
Prosecutors say Givens’ decision to “repeatedly violate” the court order is “consistent with his actions of previously ignoring court orders relating to dog ownership and possession.”
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The judge refused to increase Givens’ bail, but added the following conditions to his release:
“The defendant must not use any social network, website or any other source for the promotion or breeding of dogs. Current social media sites or websites must be removed immediately.”
Animal Control has taken 107 dogs from Givens property since December 2019. Investigators have found evidence of dog fighting and breeding, including medication, syringes, first aid supplies and training tools. his home.