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Ramona man sentenced for raising fighting dogs

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EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County man has been sentenced to a year in jail for keeping and training pit bulls for dog fights.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Raul Leyva was sentenced Thursday in El Cajon. He pleaded guilty last month to five felony counts. His attorney says Leyva is a dog lover and pleaded to avoid a possible 11-year sentence had the case gone to trial.

The 35-year-old Ramona man was charged after animal control officer raided his rural property two years ago and seized 10 pit bulls.

Prosecutors say some had fighting scars. Six were euthanized.

Leyva will be allowed to serve his time in a work-furlough program but the judge said Leyva cannot own or be around dogs during his probation.

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