Major Dog-Fighting Ring Busted Here
If you were planning to go to a dog-fight this weekend, change your plans. And contact the DAs office.
Federal and local authorities announced today they'd busted a major dog-fighting operation based in Harris County.
Standing before an armored truck, representatives of the US Marshal's Office, the DPS and the Harris County DA told reporters they'd arrested eight people -- including a teacher from Aldine ISD arrested today at school -- for running dog-fights. Up to 55 people have been charged in connection with the ring.
They took in 118 dogs, some coke and dope, too.
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"There are people in Texas who still think dog-fighting is entertainment. It is not entertainment," said DPD spokeswoman Lisa Block.
Harris County prosecutor Belinda Smith said the raid did not net the big money-men behind the ring, but she sounded optimistic.
"The people we do have are talking, and it didn't take them long to roll," she said.
Not as tough as the dogs they forced to maul each other, apparently.
-- Paul Knight
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