One of four people accused of abusing pit bulls at a Beaverton home denies the allegations and said Thursday he was simply trying to break up a fight between the two dogs.
Beaverton police responded to the home on Southwest 11th Street after getting reports of dogs being struck with a shovel and a hammer. They soon made four arrests, including Stan Evans, who said he plans to plead not guilty.
Evans said he ran in to break up a fight between the dogs and threw his body between them.
"Look at their faces, look at their bodies, they haven't been beaten with a hammer," Evans said.
Evans said a friend staying at his home only used a hammer to break up the fight, and that a shovel was never used.
"Anything you can grab, wood or anything you can put between them, swat them on the butt or something like that to get their attention," he said. "We do not on a regular basis use a hammer. Our friend grabbed it and ran out there."
Evans, Carl Crosswhite Jr., Steven Young and Darlene Exendine all face charges of animal neglect and animal abuse in connection with the case. The three male suspects also each face a charge of disorderly conduct for threatening neighbors, police said. Evans said his neighbors were equally guilty of threatening him.
According to court documents, one neighbor recorded video evidence of the attack with his cell phone camera.
A total of 10 pit bulls were taken from the home; four were surrendered to the Oregon Humane Society by the owner and six were seized by the Beaverton Police Department.
Investigators say all the dogs had old scars and fresh injuries, consistent with ongoing fighting with other dogs, according to a probable cause statement.
"There have been nothing but problems with these people," neighbor Michelle Syrop told Fox 12. "These dogs, obviously, they're not being taken care of. I have a problem with that."
Evans denies ever hurting the dogs.
"I wasn't raised that way; I wouldn't let anything like that happen, ever," said Evans who told Fox 12 he wants the dogs back.
"We love those dogs," he said. "They're like our kids."
The four dogs turned over to the Oregon Humane Society will go up for adoption as early as Friday at 3 p.m.
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