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Dog-fighting ring believed broken

May 16, 2008|Tony Perry

A suspected dog-fighting operation has been broken up, San Diego County animal services officials said Thursday.

Ten pit bull terriers believed used in fighting were seized in a raid after officials received a tip from a citizen. Some dogs were chained, others were entangled around stakes and many had scars on their faces and legs. The property owner was not home when search warrants were served.

The dogs were taken to a shelter in Carlsbad and information turned over to the district attorney's office for possible criminal charges.

Among the evidence seized were treadmills, medications, syringes and dog-fighting schedules, said Lt. Dan DeSousa, supervising animal control officer for the county's animal services department.

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-- Tony Perry

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