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No, Bryce Brown Is Not Involved in Dog Fighting

Jun 30, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT


This is Eagles running back Bryce Brown, and his canine companion is Eilis. Brown asks, “Does this look like a fighting dog to you?”

There seems to have been some confusion over a story involving Brown and his family pet over the weekend. Eilis and her litter of puppies were among 27 dogs seized in a suspected dog fighting operation in Wisconsin. When news surfaced that the seized animals had been returned to Brown with the words “dog fighting” prominently displayed, some fans were quick to assume the worst.

It appears nothing could be further from the truth. Brown issued a statement about the incident through Twitter that should clear up any misunderstanding.

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 male. 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.

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.

According to reports, the owner of Northland Pits was arrested on preliminary charges of mistreating animals and operating as a dog breeder without a license. So far there is nothing specifically related to dog fighting, although it would seem Brown had absolutely no involvement even if additional charges are brought.

>> Seized dogs returned to Bryce Brown [CSN]

  1. Bunk - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Just adopt one. Thousands of pits in local shelters. No need to breed them.

    • Guest - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM


  2. BenE. - Jun 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Welcome to the internet, Bryce. A bunch of people taking everything personally and jumping to conclusions without knowing the facts.

  3. Tim C - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    “Does this look like a fighting dog to you?” Is this dog the dog that was at this puppy mill? No. It wasn’t. Sorry…but why on Earth would an NFL player need to breed his dog? To a puppy mill, nonetheless (27 dogs on a property is a puppy mill, no ifs ands or buts about it). I’m sure the truth will come out soon enough.

  4. Danielle - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    My boyfriend and I have a beautiful female pitbull from Northland Pits. Kattleya. Drove a long 12hrs each way to go get her. All of the dogs on the property were healthy, happy, friendly dogs. It sickens me that the sire and dam of our beautiful smart lil girl have been confiscated on bullshit charges. I can only imagine what is going on in their lil doggie brains. Their world has been turned upside down being taken away from their home. We chose Northland after a lot of research into pitpull breeders. For the love of the breed. Our beloved jynx had to be put to sleep in November. He was 12yrs old. We didn’t want a dog bred by some street corner thug that mated their dog just for money. And a reputable pitbull breeder is no different than any other type of dog breeder. All the dogs are UKC registered Old Red Nose Pits. She wasn’t cheep. No Inbred brother sister relations here with a long line of health issues. And pitbulls by nature live and play hard. They get scars. Kattleya has scars from running and trying to jump onto the porch and missing and landing on her face. She did it to herself just being herself. Bryce, Joe and the dogs are all victims in this case. I hope they are all returned soon.

    • stephiebug - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      Why didn’t you adopt? Pitbulls are one of the most euthanized breeds. Do you think an operation such as Northland Pits is helping this situation?


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