A Bloomingdale man has gotten off comparatively easy on charges of dogfighting, cultivation of marijuana and possession of an illegal weapon. Law enforcement agencies should monitor him closely and, at the first sign of recidivism, come down on him hard.
The home of Darin Sherman Bell, 45, was raided in 2010 by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force. Officers found more than they expected.
In addition to a large quantity of marijuana plants, officers seized a sawed-off shotgun and 205 pit bulls being kept on Bell’s property.
The Intelligencer is a regional, highly conservative West Virginia newspaper. Although their outlook on the subject of animals and nature is normally quite dominionist, it is always encouraging when editorials such as this appear. Even ultra-traditional voices seem to be moving in favor of taking at least some forms of animal cruelty seriously.