Renowned dog breeder arrested in Wilkinsburg accused of operating dogfighting ring

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WILKINSBURG, Pa.,None —

A Wilkinsburg man accused of operating a dogfighting ring was released from jail Thursday as his hearing was continued for two weeks.

According to the district attorney’s office, Darryl Bryant was arrested at his mother’s home and is being charged with animal cruelty.

More than a dozen pit bulls were seized by authorities Friday at a dogfighting ring in Wilkinsburg, police said.

The Humane Society now has custody of the 13 pit bulls involved.

Police said the officers also found exercise equipment that they believe was used to condition the dogs.

Animal welfare officials said Bryant is a renowned breeder with a national reputation.

Bryant’s attorney, Komron Jon Maknoon, said Bryant will plead not guilty when the hearing continues.

“My client and his family are animal lovers,” Maknoon said. “But we have to recognize that he is an individual who is charged with a crime. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

The hearing was delayed because animal control officers weren’t available.