CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man is facing 38 charges following a dogfighting raid last month.
Collin Rand Jr., 33, was indicted on Thursday on 28 counts of dogfighting, six counts of cruelty to animals, one count of trafficking, two counts of drug possession and one count of possessing criminal tools.
Cleveland police with the help of the Northeast Ohio SPCA executed a search warrant at Rand’s house in the 700 block of East 91st Street in Cleveland on Dec. 22. Officers confiscated 27 dogs from the basement and backyard, most of them pit bull puppies, police said.
"Filthy dirty, penned, blocked off pens where you could see they were fighting. Blood on the walls, like a fighting pit," said Kelly Barnett with the Northeast Ohio SPCA told NewsChannel5 on the day of the raid. Many of the dogs had deep scars on their faces and authorities called the conditions “horrifying.”
“Within the house a treadmill was found with plywood sides to keep the dogs from being able to get off, a weighted dog collar, and several house syringes suspected to be used on dogs,” the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.
According to prosecutors, officers also found signs of drug activity, including bags of marijuana and electronic scales with cocaine residue.
Rand turned himself into police days later. During a court appearance on Dec. 29, Rand pleaded not guilty to felony dogfighting charges.
One local animal advocate group, Hand4Paws, started a petition , urging for the maximum sentence allowable for Rand.
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