A pit bull belonging to Eagles running back Bryce Brown -- along with the dog's seven puppies -- are being returned to Brown after they were seized in May from an alleged illegal dog-breeding operation in Fall Creek, Wis., that was also suspected of fighting the dogs.

Joseph Sudbrink, who runs Northland Pits, was arrested Friday on preliminary charges of mistreating animals and operating as a dog breeder without a license, the district attorney's office told the Leader-Telegram. Brown doesn't have ties to the alleged operation.

More from the Telegram: "In a petition he filed May 28 seeking the return of the dogs, Sudbrink said he thinks the animals were removed because Bekah Weitz, the humane officer for the Eau Claire County Humane Association, believed they were fighting dogs."