Jul 14, 2007 Cops say dogs bred to kill

Raid shuts down major dog-fighting operation

By Matthew Walberg, Tribune staff reporter. Freelance reporter Wendy E. Normandy contributed to this report.

SOUTH HOLLAND - Dozens of fighting dogs -- many of them scarred, starved and scared -- were removed from a barn in South Holland on Friday in what officials described as a major bust of a high-end breeding and training operation.

"Today we made the largest seizure of dogs in the history of the state of Illinois," Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said at a news conference outside the home of the dogs' owner, a 29-year-old man now facing felony charges related to dog fighting and animal cruelty.

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Jul 06, 2007 Eight pit bulls were seized and three arrested for dogfighting

In the first six months of 2007 at least 300 dogs were confiscated by the Chicago animal crimes unit, most of them were pit bull fighting dogs.  Chicago's animal control's policy is to try and adopt these hundreds of fighting dogs back into the community.

Chicago - Using a different strategy to combat suspected gang activity, Chicago police said Thursday they searched a Southwest Side home and arrested three individuals on suspicion of dogfighting.
Since the beginning of the year, at least 300 dogs have been confiscated by the unit, he said. The majority were pit bull terriers that showed signs of being used as fighting dogs, officers said.

More than a dozen individuals have been charged this year with felony dogfighting, police said.

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