MPD breaks up large dogfighting ring

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This pit bull was one of more than a dozen rescued by police.
:::: UPDATE :::: Leroy Longs, Jr. is Minneapolis dogfighting suspect [MUGSHOT]

Yesterday, Minneapolis police announced they've seized 15 pit bulls (including five puppies), two guns, narcotics, dog fighting paraphernalia, and a dog fighting training manual during the course of breaking up a local dogfighting ring.

SEE ALSO: Pit bull saves 4-year-old Minneapolis boy [PHOTO]

One unnamed suspect is in custody at Hennepin County jail awaiting felony animal cruelty and fighting charges. The dogs, meanwhile, will be evaluated be a veterinarian, and depending on how that goes some could be put up for adoption.

The MPD and other law enforcement agencies seized the aforementioned evidence while executing search warrants at 10 properties, nine of them in Minneapolis and one in New Hope.

During a news conference announcing the arrest and breakup of the ring, cops brought along the dog pictured at the top of this post. The pit bull has injuries to his ear and eye.

Other dogs fared worse. Sergeant Lindsay Herron, an animal crimes investigator for the MPD, said she "absolutely" believed some dogs had been killed as part of the fighting ring.

"If you have a loser dog, that's what they do with them," she told reporters, adding that owners of victorious dogs can win up to $15,000 per fight.

Herron also discussed the sad conditions some of the rescued dogs were living in when discovered by authorities.

"They're in a kennel. They're chained up. Most of them are on a dirt surface," Herron said. "Some had feces in the kennel area. Most of them did not have water. I did not locate food in most of the kennels, so these dogs are not well cared for."

Herron told reporters multiple law enforcement agencies -- including state and federal authorities -- have been investigating the alleged dogfighter for more than a year. But she said cops aren't sure where the actual dogfights were being held at this point in their investigation, which remains active. (Anyone with information is asked to call the MPD's tipline at 612-692-TIPS.)

Herron also encouraged anyone who sees dogs kept outside around the clock with minimal food and water to contact authorities, as that sort of treatment is characteristic of dogs being groomed to fight.

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whitegirl
whitegirl

It is really hard to sit and see the things that are being said. I knew this gentleman growing up and his love for dogs was evident. His children love dogs, they are not raised to not like them. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? I am not defending this gentleman but I am keeping an open mind until proven otherwise.........just because the police say that this happened does not mean it is 100% true. You can look at history and see that!!! I hope that it is not true, I love dogs and have a pit of my own, but if it is I hope he gets the help that he as a human being deserves just like that dogs that are sick get the help that they as animals deserve. No one deserves to be treated unjustly animal or human.

mr.jenkins_el
mr.jenkins_el

I know Mr longs personally he loves dogs you people dont know the half of the story how would you feel if you was falsely accused of any crime thrown in jail taking off your job have everything taken from you and you know you are innocccent this is the life of a young black 35 year old male name Leroy longs jr. He lives in the same house as me. He has a dog that was sick with cancer and he was nursing it back to health hr him Mr. Longs a lone was doing this not killing or fighting but helped dogs. He builds dog houses with his hands something he is proud of double installation dog houses with strawbeding not dirt. This just goes to show you that racism is alive Ripley's Believe it or not free Mr. Longs

Eduardo Gallegos Parra
Eduardo Gallegos Parra

I say throw these bastards into the ring without means to defend themselves and let's the dogs chew on them for a while.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Ok lets get one thing straight. The dog in the picture is NOT a fighting dog. That dog is a sweet heart, and the injuries came from another neighbors dog attacking it! the pictured dog did not fight back nor growl or become aggressive! I know this dog. everyone in my neighborhood knows some of the dogs and adores them. So I am going with he's innocent after seeing and reading all the lies

Tanya Ann
Tanya Ann

How can people be so cruel. We are suppose to protect animals, not torture them. So sad.

Kayla Corin
Kayla Corin

I cried like a baby when I watched this.

Brad Cordova
Brad Cordova

The people involved are some the worst trash imaginable

Zod Bubonic Laserfist
Zod Bubonic Laserfist

They should put all of the guilty into a pit and let them fight to the death. Loser gets a life sentence.

Rene Klein
Rene Klein

Everyone has certain things they feel strongly about. I, myself, am undecided on the death penalty, but people who have the capacity to hurt dogs and children are a special kind of awful in my opinion.

Sam Ped
Sam Ped

Low life garbage poor excuse for a human being it's a shame that they are still breathing

RaÚl Tornel
RaÚl Tornel

Sad that us humans use animals for our entertainment. We should be more reverent and coexist with them not mistreat them.

Maggie Strugala
Maggie Strugala

I think all found in connection with this should be publicly named.

Andy Arroyo
Andy Arroyo

Sounds like more than one person may be involved. I hope they bring all these people to justice. My heart aches for this dogs.

Nora Beckjord
Nora Beckjord

How can anyone do such evil to innocent dogs?

Diane Pogreba
Diane Pogreba

What a bunch of losers. I'm sure they were outstanding community members who "had a rough start" or some sorry ass excuse.. ha!

Joanna Claire
Joanna Claire

Its sad because some of these dogs may be so aggressive now (not to mention that they have no trust in humans) that they may have to be :(

Jenny Heerdt
Jenny Heerdt

Good job MPD!! Hope they can find good homes for these poor babies.

Blaise Blaise
Blaise Blaise

Also, Rajean Moone, there's a lot of worse shit to be in favor of the death penalty for than dog fighting. Not that I condone this in any way, but to be anti death penalty until it comes to dog fighting sounds a bit ridiculous.

Courtney Hannon
Courtney Hannon

fucking disgusting. I want the "alleged suspect's" face all over the news after he's charged. And anyone else involved. I hope they keep looking for the location of where they were having them fight because there's likely multiple people involved, just not "one."

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

The guy in new hope is my neighbor. I had no reason to suspect such a thing. yes his dogs are outside sometimes in a caged in area but they have food and water. the dogs are always sweet as can be and play with the kids in the house all the time. I've never seen injuries on any of the dogs, nor have I ever seen a sign of neglect or aggression. That being said, he's involved in some way likely puppies.... But I won't go into that on here. Throw the book at them. But his adult dogs are awesome so I just hope they get good homes.

Laura Gee
Laura Gee

The apprehended suspect is Leroy Longs Jr. Why are you giving this POS the dignity of not being identified?!

Rajean Moone
Rajean Moone

I'm so against the death penalty, but I'll be the first to throw the switch on this one.

Rene Klein
Rene Klein

Can we please euthanize the people who were involved in this ring?

mylyfelynes
mylyfelynes

First off these are false allegations. He is not a dog fighter. He loves dogs, u don't have all the information then don't judge.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

@Rene Klein You think dog fighting could ever be on par with the mass government sanctioned murder called the death penalty? Sounds like you need to reevaluate your priorities.

mylyfelynes
mylyfelynes

First of this false allegations. He is not a dog fighter. He loves dogs, so before u not have all the information then don't judge.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Because you enable them. Wake up Nora. This is what happens when people are continually de-humanized and not integrated into society.

mr.jenkins_el
mr.jenkins_el

Did u see the news or photos? Real fighting dogs won't be wagging their tails while people pet them come on now we are talking about dogs that fights to death these dogs didn't have any kind of dog muzzles on wr still talking about killer dogs that fight to death people van be so smart that they are stupid as hell blue eye devils #free Mr. Longs

mr.jenkins_el
mr.jenkins_el

So smart you stupid also people can be so gullible sometime

If you like to know the real story. Please let me know why they are already talking about finding homes for these dogs if they are killer dogs you so smart you stupid also

mylyfelynes
mylyfelynes

He is not ur neighbor, i live there he has never lived here. And yes my dogs r fine has always been, and he is no dog fighter. thank u

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