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TACOMA – A Tacoma man facing 75 animal cruelty and animal fighting charges has been ordered to stop promoting his dog-breeding business on social media after prosecutors tried to boost his bail for violating a court order.
According to court documents, Elmer Givens Jr., the man accused of operating a dogfighting ring out of his Tacoma home, was ordered on March 4 not to “possess, keep, breed or promote dog breeding”. It was a condition of his $150,000 bond.
But prosecutors say Givens has not complied, citing two social media posts on March 12 and 18 and a website advertising dogs for sale that was still active as of March 29.
One of the posts said a “minor setback for a major comeback” with a photo of a dog, while the other was a photo of dogs that appeared to be in Givens’ basement.
Elmer Givens (pictured Q13 News)
Givens also discussed dog ownership in several phone calls he made from jail, according to court documents. He told friends he intended to “move somewhere else” when he got out.
Prosecutors said Givens’ decision to “repeatedly violate” the court order is “consistent with his actions of previously ignoring court orders regarding dog ownership and possession.”
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The judge declined to increase Givens’ bond, but added the following conditions to his release:
“Defendant shall not use any social media, website or any other source for the promotion or breeding of dogs. Current social media sites or websites should be removed immediately.”
Animal Control has removed 107 dogs from Givens’ property since December 2019. Investigators have found evidence of dog fighting and breeding, including drugs, syringes, first aid supplies and training tools at his home.