Montgomery, Ala. (CNN/WSYR-TV) – Authorities and animal rights advocates announced one of the largest multi-state dog-fighting raids in US history on Monday.
After a three-year investigation, 367 dogs were seized in several Southern states.
The dogs are now in the care of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
10 suspects were indicted on felony dog-fighting charges.
“It's a really sad day to me and the, a sad day of affairs of the state of Alabama to have to even indulge in this type of criminal activity and prosecution. I believe if Dante were alive today and were rewriting the Inferno, that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and to our children,” said US Attorney George Beck Jr.
Firearms, drugs, and more than half a million dollars in cash were also seized during the raid.
The US Attorney said that the defendants were betting between $5,000 and $200,000 on individual dog fights.
Federal, State, and local authorities conducted the raid with the help of animal rights groups.