Twelve people, including several from Georgia, have been arrested in what officials have called one of the nation’s largest dog-fighting rings. Those arrested also were from Alabama, Mississippi and as far away as Texas. The combined effort of local, state and federal authorities executed warrants in Echols county Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.
Three hundred and sixty seven pit-bulls were taken from the locations as well as what authorities say is training equipment used for fighting dogs. The dogs are in various conditions physically, but most can be seen wagging their tails, obviously happy to be rescued. Most were on heavy chains with no shade, food or water. Remains of dead animals were also found.
Authorities also seized over five hundred thousand dollars in cash thought to be from wagering on the dogs. All of this culminated from an investigation lasting more than three years. Officials say the dogs are being held at an undisclosed location. They will have to be held as evidence at trial but rescuers are hoping many can be trained and be placed in loving homes.
The defendants face fines and up to five years in prison if found guilty.
Photos and videos of some of the rescued dogs can be seen at: http://whnt.com/2013/08/26/367-dogs-seized-in-multi-state-dog-fighting-case/ and