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Posted on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 3:37 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township man violates probation in dog-fighting case

By Art Aisner

An Ypsilanti Township man convicted of harboring and training dogs for fighting pleaded guilty to violating his probation, court records show. Ricky Lee Lynch Jr. admitted to not paying all of the $15,000 in fines or performing the 500 hours of community service ordered by Washtenaw Circuit Judge David Swartz in March 2008.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of illegal dog fighting earlier that year in a case developed by investigators with the Humane Society of Huron Valley who received a tip about abused dogs. Authorities found 17 pit bulls on his property, and many had wounds and scars consistent with dog fighting. They also found veterinary supplies, fight logs and video equipment. More severe charges were dismissed as part of the deal.

Lynch was sentenced in 2008 to serve five years of probation and $15,000 in fines. Swartz recently ordered Lynch, 29, to pay $2,000 and an additional $475 per month until he completes the terms of the initial sentence, officials said. He must also complete 20 hours of community service per month during the remainder of his probation. Art Aisner is a freelance writer for Reach the news desk at or 734-623-2530.


Pat Mueller

Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 11:09 a.m.

He needs a social worker and a psychologist, a new mother and father, and about 3 years of intensive work with animals so he can change his belief system. His actions are sick.


Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 8:32 a.m.

Okay Ricky you had your chance with probation, BUT you failed to comply. If the sentence was probation, fines and community service, and he is in violation of ALL 3 - I say off to prison! NO MORE EXCUSES OR CHANCES!!! He got another chance - the dogs did not.

Joe Citizen

Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 7:10 a.m.

And he won't commit any new crimes during that time either! He promises he won't so that is good enough. A stupid system run by stupid judges.

Joe Citizen

Fri, Jul 9, 2010 : 7:07 a.m.

Yeah, I'm sure he will get right on that! He will pay on time and get all that community service done for sure!


Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 3:14 p.m.

If there's any justice in the universe, in his next life he should come back as a chihuahua


Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 3:04 p.m.

Let him fight the dogs himself. $1 per bout will be taken off what he owes.

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Jul 8, 2010 : 2:54 p.m.

when is 'recently'? if he didn't pay it then, do you really think he's going to pay now?