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Seventeen Dogs Rescued in Florida Dog Fighting Bust

by Melanie

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Apopka, Florida 26 people have been arrested in a major dog fighting ring leaving many animals seriously injured.

Police also found two children at the home, watching the fights with their parents.  The kids have been released to their grandparents.

Police were disgusted when they walked into the backyard of the home to find a 25 to 40 people actually watching a violent and bloody dog fight match going on at around 9:30pm Tuesday.

The people scattered when the police showed up to avoid being caught.  However, police used dogs to catch most of the spectators according to police spokesperson Sgt. Kim Walsh.

There were about 17 dogs rescued, mostly Pit bulls, were recovered from the scene.  Many of the dogs were badly injured, and had to be carried out on stretchers according to officers on the scene.

Officer Walsh said these people thought of dog fighting as a sport.  They would travel to different places to host their matches, and bet money on each fight.

“The rest of us would consider this cruel and inhumane,” said Walsh.

No names have yet been released.  According to Walsh and other police officials, this dog fighting group has been under investigation for some time now.

This story and investigation are ongoing.