The Cleveland man accused of running a dog fighting ring has pleaded guilty.
Collin Rand entered the plea as his trial was supposed to start on Monday morning. The plea deal calls for 180 days in jail, plus $6,000 in fines for dog recovery expenses.
On December 22, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Rand's residence located on East 91st Street in Cleveland.
Police discovered several dogs in the basement of the residence along with additional dogs tied up in the backyard. Many of the animals appeared to be malnourished and had open wounds. A treadmill was found in the kitchen with plywood sides to contain the dogs, and a plywood fighting ring was affixed to one corner of the basement.
There were also signs of drug activity that included a bag of marijuana and electronic scales with cocaine residue.
Rand was immediately taken into custody. His official sentencing in August.