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Two dogs rescued in Sabine Parish dog fighting raid: Ten suspects arrested

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Hicks Drive, off of Highway 75 in Sabine Parish, La. on Saturday night, was the location of a dog fight, however the organizers and viewers of the illegal sport weren't expecting a raid from the deputies of Sabine and DeSoto reported the Times of Shreveport.

Authorities arrested ten people, seized five vehicles, cash, a dog-fighting pen, and rescued two fighting dogs during the raid. Two juveniles were also arrested.

On Monday, authorities returned to the site to gather more evidence. It was a distressing discovery to find many dead bodies of past fighting dogs. Sheriff Ronny Richardson stated he had heard about dog fights going on in the past, and was thankful for the arrests.

Dozens of onlookers fled the scene and freed their own dogs when authorities arrived. It is illegal to attend a dog fight, cock fight, or any other cruel pitting of animal against animal in the United States. Authorities expect more arrests.

Each of the ten people arrested has been charged with dog fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

"The penalty for dogfighting is a fine of $1,000 to $25,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or both. Aggravated cruelty to animals is punishable by a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 or imprisonment with or without hard labor not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or both. The third charge carries a fine of up to $1,000 or up to two years in prison with or without hard labor or both."

If found guilty, offenders will be banned from owning any animals.

"Send them to prison just like Michael Vick. Make an example out of each and everyone of them and let them chop rocks with an axe pick so once and for all these horrible people figure out that the punishment is indeed worse than the crime," stated Tracy Stephenson from Reading, Pa.

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