Akron man enters guilty plea in dog fighting ring

AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – Sentencing is scheduled for June for an Akron man that pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to operating a dog-fighting ring.

Alvin Banks, 56, pleaded guilty to five counts of sponsoring and exhibiting a canine in an animal fighting venture, buying, selling, delivering, possessing, training, and transporting canines for participation in animal fighting. He was also found guilty on firearms and drug charges.

Police uncovered the ring during a Nov. 15, 2014 raid of a home on Cordova Avenue in Akron where they found a blood-stained 16×16-foot ring, two break sticks used to pry a dog’s mouth off another dog. They also found eight pit bulls, two of which were covered in blood and had fresh wounds from a fight that occurred just prior to the raid, according to court documents.

The case was investigated by the Akron Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office and the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

Banks is the last of ten suspects to face charges in the investigation.

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