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The Oklahoman

Sapulpa couple charged in dogfights

SAPULPA - A Sapulpa couple will appear in court Dec. 17 to respond to charges that they operated a dogfighting ring on their property, complete with three arenas and 53 pit bull terriers.

James and Jeanne Fiarris were each charged Monday with 53 counts of possessing dogs for fighting, facilitating a dogfight, keeping a place and equipment for dogfighting, possession of a firearm during a felony, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of animal cruelty.

James Fiarris, 56, was released last week on his own recognizance because of health reasons. His wife was released on bond.

Two others were also charged Monday.

Roger Scott, 50, of Catoosa was charged with possessing dogs for fighting. Scott, a Tulsa city employee, was at the Fiarris home in a city truck during working hours, said Cpl. Terry Burton, a Creek County investigator. Scott works for Tulsa’s southside wastewater treatment plant. He was released on bond.

Steven King, 37, of Broken Arrow, also known as “DJ Spinmaster,” was charged with encouraging dogfighting. He was released on bond.

The arrests followed a sting operation, which was prompted by complaints from neighbors about high traffic and lots of dogs at the Fiarris home. An undercover officer asked Fiarris if he sold dogs for fighting and was allegedly told “yes,” Burton said.