Detroit man accused of leading massive dog fighting ring that hurt dozens of dogs

Julian Akyan faces long list of criminal charges

By Priya Mann - Reporter, Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT - The leader of an alleged dog fighting ring faced a judge Monday after police rescued more than 30 animals from his Detroit home, officials said.

Julian Aykan, 29, was arraigned Monday on nearly a dozen criminal charges. Police said his home on the city's east side was the site of a massive dog fighting ring.

Aykan is expected to be charged in connection with possessing dogs used for fighting, cruelty to animals and weapons offenses.

On Friday, officials with the Detroit Police Department and Michigan Humane Society raided a home on Edmore Drive and three other homes in Detroit, according to authorities.

Several officials searched four Detroit homes in connection with a dog fighting ring. (WDIV)

A Detroit home believed to have been involved in a dog fighting ring, officials said. (WDIV)

A backyard where dogs were held as part of an illegal dog fighting ring, police said.

Officials found 35 dogs with bite trauma and injuries consistent with dogfighting, police said.

Prosecutors said Akyan owned animals and equipment for the purpose of illegal dogfighting.

Authorities also removed a "grand champion" fighting dog from one of the properties, police said.

Firearms and ammunition were also found, according to officials.

Akyan was arraigned at 36th District Court and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He cannot have any contact with animals.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for March 21 and a preliminary examination is scheduled for March 28.

An officer carries one of the injured dogs away from the alleged dog fighting home. (WDIV)

Officers approach one of dogs hurt in the dog fighting ring. (WDIV)

An officer checks out one of the dogs involved in the alleged dog fighting ring. (WDIV)

An officer carries one of the dogs injured in the alleged dog fighting ring. (WDIV)

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