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7 Dogs Saved, 8 Suspects Arrested after Dog-fighting Bust

Eight people are in custody and seven dogs have been rescued from a dog-fighting operation in south suburban Dolton.

Article updated on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.

Seven dogs have been rescued and eight people arrested after police busted a dog-fighting operation in south suburban Dolton, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Eight suspects were arrested on the scene in the 1500 block of East 142nd Street, including six who fled to the rafters as officers arrested the first two, according to the report. 

Cook County sheriff's police received a tip about the fights, and officers on the scene witnessed the scenario before moving in to apprehend suspects. 

The dogs showed "signs of improper care, abuse and indications of dog-fighting," according to a statement from TaQuoya Kennedy, spokesperson for Dolton. The village will work with an investigative unit specializing in dog-fighting to assist with charges and ongoing investigation.

The sheriff’s office sent evidence technicians, animal crimes investigators and animal control officers, according to Frank Bilecki, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

The dogs were taken to South Suburban Humane Society, in Chicago Heights. 

Editor's note: This article initially stated there were ten dogs rescued from the Dolton dog-fighting operation. There were actually seven dogs rescued.

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siciliangal December 08, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I hope these scumbags who are involved with this dog-fighting ring, are punished to the max. Anyone who allows this to happen or is in anyway responsible for such cruelty is the lowest form of life! They should all be put in a room and then let a bunch of us dog lovers at them! I'd love to be the first one in there!
tmo121 December 08, 2012 at 06:31 AM
I am a dog lover too. I think your comment and idea is great and I would be right behind you!
joe roll December 09, 2012 at 08:51 PM
three year of call dolton finest but one night some one inside was not there to tip them off there was a call more to come

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