Hillsdale County man gets prison for dog fighting


A Hillsdale County man is heading to prison for his connection to a dog fighting ring.

Damiane Bueher, 40, of North Adams, was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty last June to one felony count of conspiracy to sponsor and exhibit a dog in a dog fight and unlawful possession of dogs intended to be used for the purpose of dog fighting in the Grand Rapids area.

“Damiane Buehrer and his codefendants participated in a sick and brutal underground activity that, because of its interstate and international nature, is subject to Federal criminal jurisdiction” stated U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge. 

Buehrer admitted to acquiring and training four dogs for fighting between November 2016 and December 2017.

Buehrer and four other co-defendants owned a total of 37 dogs that were seized by law enforcement agencies.

Once released from prison Buehrer will be serve three years of supervised release.

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