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Dorchester man accused of dog fighting in basement

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - A Dorchester man appeared in court Tuesday, accused of illegal dog fighting in his basement.

Police say they found eight pitbulls in 35-year-old Javier Ruperto’s basement and another two left outside in the cold weather Monday night.

"I don't feel like talking right now, some other time, but I'm not really in the mood right now,” Ruperto said on Tuesday outside his home.

In court his defense attorney said the dogs were not hurt and have never been used for dog fighting.

"He loves his animals. He has pitbulls. He does train pitbulls. Trains them for a competition, weight pulling. There is no cruelty to these animals," Ruperto’s defense attorney said.

Ruperto has been charged with animal cruelty before.

He currently works at a kennel taking care of other animals.

A neighbor told 7News she never saw any signs of dog fighting at the home.

"I hear barking but it's because I live in the house behind them. I don't know. They're nice, so I don't know. I don't think they would do dog fighting,” Toya Howard said.

Ruperto will appear in court on May 1, Boston Animal Control has seized the dogs.
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