367 pit bulls, many scarred and emaciated, have been rescued across the south eastern United States.
A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.
“The number of dogs seized and the amount of money involved in this case shows how extensive this underworld of dog fighting is” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District Alabama George Beck, said in a statement on Monday. “These dog fighters abuse, starve and kill their dogs for the supposed ‘fun’ of watching and gambling on a dog fight.”
The suspects face multiple charges related to dog fighting and gambling, with each charge carrying up to five years in prison. Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.