Seized dogs returned to Bryce Brown

Seized dogs returned to Bryce Brown
June 29, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Bryce Brown's pitbull and her seven puppies were among 27 dogs seized in a suspected dog fighting operation in Wisconsin.

A county judge on Friday ordered the dog and her litter be returned to Brown after it was removed from Northland Pits, a pitbull breeding kennel, on May 21, according to the Leader-Telegram.

Joseph A. Sudbrink, the owner of Northland Pits, was arrested Friday on preliminary charges of mistreating animals and operating as a dog breeder without a license.

BeKah Weitz, a humane officer, believed the kennel operators were fighting the dogs after seeing scarring on seven dogs. Weitz said some of the dogs had contracted ringworm and had other skin issues. She also said they were living in substandard housing.

Brown sent his dog, Ellis, to Northland Pits for stud services in February. She was returned to Brown in Witchita, Kansas a week later.

Before the birth of her puppies, Ellis was sent back to Northland Pits, where Sudbrink offered to whelp and wean the pups for Brown, who knew little about caring for nursing puppies, according to an affidavit.

Brown, who did not appear in court on Friday, purchased Eilis as a pet in 2010, according to an affidavit. The dog and her puppies were seized when a search warrant was executed on May 21.

Shelia Kessler, a Stevens Point attorney, represented Brown and his wife, Morgan. She argued that her client is a victim, and the value of the puppies decrease the longer they are held.

“It’s a lot easier to sell 8-week-old puppies than it is to sell eight-month-old puppies,” Kessler said.

Nineteen other dogs remain in the custody of the Eau Claire County Human Association.

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