Mysterious plea deal after major dogfighting investigation - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Mysterious plea deal after major dogfighting investigation

When investigators raided the home they found bloody carpets and floors. (Source: WOIO) When investigators raided the home they found bloody carpets and floors. (Source: WOIO)
They also found a gun on the bed. (Source: WOIO) They also found a gun on the bed. (Source: WOIO)
Some dogs were rescued. (Source: WOIO) Some dogs were rescued. (Source: WOIO)

We're investigating why a suspect in a dogfighting investigation just got a huge break in court.

Eric Gross had been indicted for dogfighting and a series of other felony charges.

But records show Cuyahoga County prosecutors just struck a plea deal with him for a misdemeanor injuring animals charge. Gross got a $300 fine and probation.

Last year, Cleveland Police Fifth District investigators raided a home on East 79th Street. They rescued dogs, found bloody carpets and floors, found a gun on a bed, found evidence of drugs on scales, and more.

Police sent evidence to a state lab to show the blood was animal blood. They followed up with expensive testing at a special lab in California to prove it was dog blood.

Yet Gross, suddenly became off the hook.

In the past to 19 Action News, he denied dogfighting. Still, we asked prosecutors: Why the plea deal?

They e-mailed a statement saying they have nothing to say.

But don't you deserve better than that? We'll be asking the same question again.

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