On Friday, authorities arrested 11 people in four states as part of the second-largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history. They are being indicted on 30 counts, including conspiracy to sponsor and promote dogfighting and to possess, buy, sell, transport and deliver dogs for fighting.
The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA rescued 367 pit bull terriers in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. The dogs had been abused and neglected. They were found chained to cinder blocks and car tires, left in the sweltering southern heat, often without access to water or food. The dogs were infested with fleas and wounded from the fights. Remains of dead animals were also discovered on some of the properties.
According to federal prosecutor George L. Beck Jr., the defendants were betting between $5,000 and $200,000 per fight. Federal agents seized $500,000 in the sting, in addition to drugs and firearms.
If convicted, the defendants could face fines, restitution and up to 5 years in prison.
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