Detroit dog fighting still exists: Suspected leader arrested

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The leader of an alleged dog fighting ring in Detroit was arrested after more than 30 dogs were rescued from his home. Julian Aykan, 29, was arraigned on a dozen charges including possessing dogs for dog fighting, cruelty to animals and weapons offenses.

On Friday, the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan Humane Society raided Aykan’s home located on Edmore Drive along with three other homes alleged to be carrying on dog fights. Authorities seized 35 dogs with bite trauma injuries consistent with dog fighting activities. One of the dogs referenced the “grand champion” was also rescued.

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In addition to the dogs, firearms and ammunition were also recovered.

Aykan is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bond and has been banned from any contact with animals.

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