SeMo Dogfighting Suspects Ordered to Stand Trial

BLOOMFIELD, MO - Three men accused in a dogfighting ring in southeast Missouri are ordered to stand trial.

Preliminary hearings were Thursday for 29-year-old Jamie Sifford of Dudley, 30-year-old Jessey Short of Cape Girardeau, and 28-year-old Curtis Pickering of South Fulton, TN.

All three face arraignment in December.

An anonymous tip led authorities to stake out Sifford's home in October.  Authorities seized 26 dogs.

Authorities say they found evidence of dogfighting, including harnesses and weights, hanging scales and a horse stall that had been converted into a fighting ring.  Blood stains were also found.

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