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Tuesday February 9th, 2016 2:47AM

34 arrested in western Georgia dogfighting ring

By The Associated Press
GREENVILLE, Ga. (AP) Sheriff's officials in western Georgia say 34 people have been arrested for their suspected involvement in a dogfighting operation.

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith says authorities seized 27 vehicles, more than $28,000 in cash and several guns during a raid on Saturday night. Authorities also found scales, lighting equipment and generators.

Smith says sheriff's deputies found a large fighting pit during their investigation and took two dogs into protective custody. Smith says one of the nearly three dozen vehicles that were seized was a catering truck that served food to spectators during the fights.

Smith says those who were arrested have been charged with gambling, animal cruelty, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft and conspiracy to commit or promote dog fighting.
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