Dozens Arrested in Dog Fighting Ring Bust

 

Authorities busted a large and complex dog fighting ring in Mississippi this past weekend that led to about 50 people being arrested and 26 pit-bulls being rescued.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation along with deputies from several counties spent Sunday busting up a dog fighting ring in Benton County, Mississippi that could involve participants from around the country. The dogfighting ring was so large that federal officials were flown in to help.

Benton County Chief Deputy Joe Batts says the police discovered the ring a few days ago but weren’t able to find their location until early Sunday morning. Shots were fired as police busted the ring and 50 people were arrested as dozens more fled. A school bus was used to transport the arrested to jail. Police found over 80 cars from several different states at the site and believe several people may have escaped through the woods.

26 dogs were rescued. “These dogs know they are being rescued,” said Batts. “They want affection. Investigators are continuing to look for those who may have escaped from the dog fighting ring and the Humane Society of the United States is offering up to $5,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to a conviction. “Dog fighting is pretty heinous,” said Batts. “If you look at the animals, it’s pure torture. I don’t think anybody should tolerate that.”



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    April 1, 2013 7:57 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Judie Lewellen

    Thanks for spreading the word on FB.

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    April 2, 2013 1:04 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Dave

    10 to 20 years would be appropraite

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    April 2, 2013 1:14 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    I read another report saying that the police are going to seize all the vehicles left behind, and look for the people that ran through the woods via their vehicle registration. HOLLA!!!

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    April 2, 2013 3:05 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Heather

    I have to wonder if this bust was done because authorities found information from the dog fighting ring in Kansas City a few weeks ago? I hope so. I hope they bust many, many more rings…

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    April 3, 2013 1:44 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Monica

    Looks like the police made a good haul on those vehicles!

    This is sweet. Justice for those poor dogs.

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    August 27, 2013 10:02 amPosted 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    How can I adopt one of the puppies found in the raid? I have been looking for the right puppy for a couple of months and this may be my chance to adopt one of these lil guys.

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    August 27, 2013 10:03 amPosted 11 months ago
    David

    How can I adopt one of the puppies found in the raid? I have been looking for the right puppy for a couple of months and this may be my chance to adopt one of these lil guys.

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