Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown says that neither he nor his dogs have never been involved in dog fighting and that the owner of the Wisconsin kennel where his dogs were seized was the target of "animal rights activists."
Brown used Twitter (@brycebrown_34) this week to respond to a story published in a Wisconsin newspaper last week that revealed that his female pitbull, Eilis, and her seven puppies had been seized in a raid on a kennel that authorities said may have been engaged in dog fighting.
An animal control officer removed Brown's dogs and 19 others from Northland Pitts in Fall Creek in May after seeing scarring on seven of the dogs - not Brown's - that indicated they may have been used in dog fights. The officer also found dogs with skin disease and living in dog houses without flooring.
The kennel's owner, Joseph Sudbrink, who on his website denies any of his dogs were used in fighting, was charged with cruelty last week. (He also was ordered out of his house because of a malfunctioning sewage system.)
Here is the series of Tweets from Brown earlier this week:
Anyone interested or so quick to judge me & make nasty comments should know what they're talking about first. My dog, Eilis, was at Northland Pits being bred with a UKC registered. Anyone who knows anything about breeding American pitbull terriers should know that has NOTHING to do with fighting. I have never been interested or involved in dog fighting. My family and I love Eilis, and she is a family pet and always has been. I take extreme good care of my pets and anyone who knows me can agree June 30
My dog was returned to me quickly because it was obvious that she is not and never has been involved with dog fighting. Northland Pits is a respectable breeder which has unfortunately been the target of anti-breeding groups and "animal rights," activists who know nothing about what he is doing there, and assume it is related to dog fighting due to the breed of the dogs. He is a victim in this case, just as I am. He takes great care of his dogs and Eilis wouldn't have been breeding there otherwise. June 30
I bred Eilis for specific friends and family only. Not for money... June 30
And he shared a picture of Eilis on her third birthday.
Does this look like a fighting dog to you? Having cake on her third birthday... Educate yourselves people. pic.twitter.com/E36TMCUg6h
The last Tweet appears to contradict what Brown's lawyer, Sheila Kessler, told the Leader-Telegram in which she said, "It’s a lot easier to sell 8-week-old puppies than it is to sell eight-month-old puppies."
We have not yet seen an interview with Brown or comments from the Eagles on the situation.