Man Agrees to Plea Deal for Running Dog Fighting Ring

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CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man accused of running a dog fighting ring out of his home entered into a plead deal with prosecutors on Monday.

According to Maria Russo with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Collin Rand Jr., 33, plead guilty to numerous counts associated to the dog fighting ring he ran in the basement of his home on East 91st Street. The plea includes an admission to multiple charges of dog fighting and cruelty to animals.

Rand’s home was raided in December of 2011 and 27 pit bulls were seized by authorities.

Cleveland Animal Control Chief John Baird told Fox 8 News at the time of the raid, “We’re not sure what these dogs were being used for. They could have been used as bait dogs,” said Baird.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, bait animals are used to test another dog’s fighting.

Russo says that Rand Jr. will be sentenced to six months in jail with five years probation.

Rand Jr. will also be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,000.