Minneapolis man charged in Hennepin County dog fighting ring

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After an 18-month investigation, a Minneapolis man faces a felony for allegedly orchestrating a dogfighting operation across eight locations in Hennepin County.

Authorities seized 13 adult pit bulls and five puppies from homes in Minneapolis and New Hope Wednesday, all of which were being rented by 34-year-old Leroy Longs Jr.

The Star Tribune reports during a police investigation, Sgt. Lindsay Herron had a GPS device placed in Longs' vehicle that led officers to the locations where the dogs were found chained up inside outdoor kennels that were padlocked shut.

Herron believed the dogs lived in the kennels 24 hours a day, the complaint states.

The search warrants executed also found dogfighting paraphernalia such as equipment used to train dogs to fight and animal medicines and vaccines, KARE 11 reported.

The Pioneer Press reports a 240-page guide on how to be a successful dogfighter was found at the New Hope residence where Longs' children live.

Drugs and two guns were also seized from the properties.

The Star Tribune says a veterinarian is evaluating the dogs to see whether they are fit for adoption.

Longs remains in the Hennepin County Jail with bail set at $15,000.

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