MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hundreds of dogs have been rescued and nearly a dozen people arrested following a multi-state dog fighting ring investigation that started in Auburn.
On Friday, authorities from Texas, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama executed thirteen search warrants at sites housing badly abused animals and hosted gambling events, authorities announced during a Monday press conference. Ten people were arrested, including three from Auburn and Opelika.
Those facing charges from Lee County are:
"These defendants were betting between $5,000 and $200,000 on one dog fight." U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. says.
The investigation started three years ago by Auburn police and resulted in the recovery of 367 dogs. "This is a great example of federal, state and local agencies working together to make communities safer," says Auburn PC Paul Register.
Remains of dead animals were found at some of the searched sites.
The ASPCA and Humane Society assisted in seizing the animals and is now taking care of the rescued dogs.