A pit bull and seven puppies that belong to Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown are being returned to Brown after they were seized in May because of an alleged illegal dog-breeding operation in Fall Creek, Wis.
It was also suspected of using the dogs for fighting.
Northland Pits operator Joseph Sudbrink was arrested Friday for mistreating animals and operating as a dog breeder without a license, the (Eau Claire, Wisc.) Leader-Telegram reported.
Brown is not connected to the alleged operation. He purchased the pit bull in 2010 and sent her to Northland Pits for stud services in February. Brown later sent the pit bull back to Sudbrick to have her whelped and the puppies weaned. The dogs were seized along with 19 others when a search warrant was executed on May 21.
Sudbrink said he thinks the animals were seized because the humane officer for the Eau Claire County Humane Association believed they were used for fighting.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Brown and his wife also often seen walking their two dogs in their Philadelphia neighborhood.