Law enforcement officials find 15 dogs while executing warrants for suspicion of dog fighting

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, officers from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, the Minneapolis Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies found 15 pit bulls, two guns, narcotics, and dog fighting paraphernalia  while executing 10 search warrants at addresses that are all connected to a suspected dog fighter. No officers or dogs were injured during these operations.

The dogs were found in good condition and Minneapolis Animal Care & Control has taken them into custody and is currently caring for them at the animal shelter. Minneapolis police also arrested the suspect and have confiscated all other evidence. The suspect is now in custody at the Hennepin County jail awaiting charges.

Dog fighting harms dogs and the community

Dog fighting is a terrible crime that is harmful to not only the dogs involved, but the overall community as well. When there is dog fighting activity in a community those involved are often engaged in other criminal activity including narcotics, domestic violence and weapons. Animal fighting is difficult to investigate and prosecute because it is an underground, mobile, illegal activity and that’s why the community’s help is needed to identify potential animal fighters. Folks should call 311 if they suspect any form of animal cruelty, including dog fighting, happening in their neighborhood. If they witness this they should call 911. Folks can also submit anonymous tips via the MPDs new mobile app and text message. For more information visit www.minneapolismn.gov/police.

This is still an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to text information to 847 411 (Tip 411), enter MPD and the tip or call the tipline at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

This was a multi-agency effort involving the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, Minnesota Department of Corrections, ATF, USDA Office of Investigator General, New Hope Police Department and Animal Control, US Marshals Service Northstar Fugitive Task Force, and FBI Safe Street Task Force (multi-agency task force, compromised of local law enforcement).

Published Nov 21, 2013