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Man connected to Lansing area dogfighting ring scheduled to be sentenced

Posted at 5:57 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 08:27:46-04

A man who admitted to being part of a large-scale dogfighting ring in the Lansing area is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Wednesday.

Damiane Buehrer pleaded guilty o conspiracy to commit animal fighting venture offenses in a deal that led to other charges being dismissed.

He faces up to five years in prison.

total of eight people were charged for their role in the dogfighting ring. They are scheduled to be sentenced at later dates.

The investigation into that dogfighting ring led to more than 50 dogs being seized. Some of those dogs ended up at the Ingham County Animal Shelter.

The shelter asked the Michigan Humane Society to open an investigation after some concerns were raised about the care some of the dogs received.

The Michigan Humane Society investigation found five dogs at the shelter did not receive proper care.

The shelter's director John Dinon was fired and the shelter's deputy director Anne Burns retired in wake of investigations into the shelter's handling of dogs seized in the fighting ring.

Dinon and Burnes were cleared of criminal wrongdoing earlier this month.