MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man is charged with animal fighting after police seized 18 animals from a handful of locations in Minneapolis and the northern suburbs.
Investigators say 34-year-old Larry Longs was involved in breeding, raising and fighting dogs in an operation that reached across the Twin Cities and the nation.
A criminal complaint says 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 put a GPS tracker on the defendant's vehicle and tracked his comings and goings, narrowing down the major stops 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.
Investigators say many of the dogs lived inside an outdoor kennel padlocked to short chains, where they often remained 24 hours each day. Many of the dogs were scarred and injured from fighting. Police also found records showing payments to people in different states, vaccines and medicines for dogs and equipment for training dogs to fight.
If found guilty Leroy Longs, Jr. could face a possible 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
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