Police broke up what they called one of the worst dogfighting rings Tuesday and rescued several injured dogs, including four puppies. Ten children were being watched at the time.
Daycare facilities traditionally have lots of recreational activities. Dog fighting should not be one of them.
The owners of the center watched children by day and fixed killer dog matches on the side. Children played on swings just feet from a garage where the animals fought.
Nine of the animals – many of them mangled – were rescued. Police believe the house was one of many in a larger dog-fighting ring.
The day-care operator insisted she was not involved in dogfighting and said children were never near the dogs or dogfighting equipment, the sheriff's office said.
However, her husband, Charles Sutton, 42, was charged with felony dogfighting Wednesday, the sheriff's office said.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which has licensed the day-care facility since 2004, had twice received complaints about dogs at the home, said Kendall Marlowe, DCFS spokesman.