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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