July 27, 2016
A Michigan dog breeder was reportedly tied, beaten and had his ear cut
off, possibly in retaliation for his involvement in dog fighting, police
The 52-year-old dog breeder from Detroit had at least 16 pit
bulls chained up in the backyard of one of his homes, as well as another
dozen dogs living in the basement of the house, WJBK reports. The animals
were reportedly emaciated and living in terrible conditions.
breeder was feeding his dogs at one of his properties when three masked men
walked up to him and forced him inside the house, his family says. The men
tied up the breeder and two of his tenants, and the breeder was reportedly
tortured by the men. He was listed in critical condition at local hospital.
According to the victim's cousin, Marty Johnson, the three men "tied
[the dog breeder] up, they beat him up pretty bad, broke ribs, broke
fingers, stabbed him with ice picks, cut his ear off."
told WJBK that the breeder may have been targeted due to a possible
connection to dog fighting.