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Major dogfighting event in progress raided; 50 people arrested and 26 dogs saved

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | April 01, 2013 | Comments (7)

Dogfight in progress was raided in Mississippi and 50 people arrested

At least 200 people were attending a dogfight in a rural Benton County, Mississippi barn when state and federal officers raided the location this past weekend. About 26 dogs were rescued and 50 people arrested on the scene.

Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said shots were fired when they arrived but authorities did not return fire and no one was hurt.

Authorities are looking for other people who fled through the fields leaving behind their cars. Attendees paid $100 to attend the fight and many cars had plates from out-of-state including California, Florida, New Hampshire.

Officials told the Associated Press that the arrests were the culmination of monthslong, nationwide investigation involving federal, state and local agencies.

The event was said to be one of the biggest annual dogfights in the US.

"This is one of the all-star fights in the United States for dogfighting," Dickerson said. He said that between $50,000 and $100,000 in cash was recovered and the event could have generated several hundred thousand dollars, according to the Huffington Post.

All those in custody face a State charge of dog fighting, which carries a fine up to $5,000 or a maximum three years in the state pen, or both.

“We are pleased that our cooperative efforts in Mississippi resulted in the bust of a massive dogfight in progress and allowed us to rescue these dogs,” said the Humane Society of the United States’ Chris Schindler. "Hopefully it’s going to send a message that this activity is not tolerated,”  he told WREG. He said that the bust is nationally significant. He said he will try to place the 26 dogs in homes where they will be loved.

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Comments on this Article

So gambling hundreds of thousands of dollars is legal? 5000 from 100,000 is nothing. I'm glad they busted these POS', but the trouble they get into is nothing, compared to the torture these innocent creatures go through.
This blood sport is all about the money. They need to adopt the stricter penalties put forward in Michigan. Twenty years in prison for the kingpin, and huge fines. I hope investigators look into the people from out of state, to see if they have dogs for this purpose there.
Glad to hear this was broken up. People who attend dog fighting as well as those who create the event should be locked away for three years (that SHOULD be the law).
It's a supply and demand. Take away the audience there will be no more dog fighting. Place a hefty fine and prison terms on the attendees. More so to the operators. Confiscate their cars. Auction them off. Use the money to rehab those dogs and donate to the shelters.
Those attending need to prosecuted severely. If there is no audience, there is no dogfight. They have their vehicles, they know who they are. I would also like to see the money confiscated go to rehabilitating and rehoming these poor dogs.
Excellent news. Wish there were more photos. For some reason it's just more fulfilling.
It would be nice if all were caught and sentenced to the maximum penalties but past busts have shown that this is unlikely to happen. If we want to end dog fighting we need for there to be serious consequences. Hoping that all of the dogs find loving forever homes with families who understand the trauma they have been through and can help them feel safe.
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