Dogs rescued from alleged fighting ring
Officials say 367 canines were saved in multistate raid.
After a three-year investigation into an alleged dog-fighting ring, authorities arrested 12 people in a multistate raid in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia and seized more than $500,000 in cash that they believe is from gambling on the dogs.
The defendants face dog-fighting and illegal gambling charges, authorities said Monday.
"I believe if Dante were alive today and rewriting the 'Inferno' that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and to our children," said U.S. Attorney George Beck.
The Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assisted in seizing the 367 pit bulls and are caring for them at undisclosed locations while the case progresses. They hope to eventually retrain the dogs and get them into loving homes.
— Read it from the AP via USA Today
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Photo: An official carries puppies that were rescued from a home in Alabama. / AP
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