A 34-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with organizing a dog fighting ring and breeding dogs in Hennepin County after police seized 18 animals, including five puppies, in at least eight locations in and around Minneapolis.
Investigators say Leroy Longs Jr. was involved in breeding, raising and fighting dogs in an operation that reached across the Twin Cities and the nation, reports KARE.
The criminal complaint filed against Longs on Friday says that a confidential informant contacted Minneapolis Police and told them that Longs was running a dog fighting operation. Minneapolis Police Sergeant Lindsay Herron began investigating and found a person, identified in documents as Witness A, who gave her details of Longs' operation.
Herron gained evidence for a case against Longs by first putting a GPS tracker on the defendant's vehicle and tracking Longs’ driving pattern. She narrowed the major stops down to eight homes in Minneapolis and New Hope. Search warrants were served at those homes, and police found pit bulls at all the locations. Eighteen dogs were seized and taken to animal control.
A search warrant executed at the home of Longs’ children revealed he had a 240-page book on how to become a successful dog fighter, according to the Associated Press.
Investigators say many of the dogs lived inside an outdoor kennel, padlocked to short chains, where they often remained 24 hours each day. Many were scarred and injured. According to the criminal complaint, the animals had scarring "consistent with having been fought."
Police also found records showing payments to people in different states, vaccines and medicines for dogs and equipment for training dogs to fight, KARE reports.
Longs is in the Hennepin County Jail with bail set at $15,000. His first court appearance is Monday. If found guilty Leroy Longs, Jr., could face a possible 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.