James Hines arraigned on animal cruelty charges
A Bronx man appeared before a judge Thursday one day after authorities say they found 10 abused pit bulls during a drug raid at his Tinton Avenue apartment.
James Hines, 46, of 1226 Tinton Ave. in Morrisania, was arraigned on charges of torturing animals and possession of a controlled substance.
Officials entered Hines' apartment on a search warrant Wednesday around 6 a.m. They say they found crack cocaine and heroin inside. The ASPCA also says they found abused pit bulls.
Neighbors have accused Hines, also known as "Speedy," of dealing drugs for years. They also say he bred -- and sometimes killed -- dogs in the apartment.
The ASPCA says it removed 10 dogs from the house: nine females and one male. Most of them were kept in cages or makeshift shacks. Police say another five dogs were taken from an outside area where they were shackled and chained. The dogs are described as ranging from fair to poor condition.
Investigators say they think at least four of the dogs spent some time outside during the recent blizzard.
Police say Hines was arrested on a separate animal cruelty charge in March 2015.