Man connected to local dog fighting ring scheduled to be sentenced

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- A second person who admitted to taking part in running a large-scale dogfighting ring in the Lansing area is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Monday.

Charles Miller pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit animal fighting venture offenses, a charge that carries a maximum of five years in prison. Other charges connected to the dogfighting ring were dismissed due to the plea deal with prosecutors.

Court records show Miller is also facing a federal drug charge, which could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. The penalty is higher because he has a prior felony drug conviction.

A total of eight people were charged for their role in the dogfighting ring. Damiane Buehrer of Hillsdale County was sentenced to 46 months in prison earlier this month. Six other people charged in the case 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.

News 10 first told you about that investigation in June 2018.

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 last month.