TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 8 Florida residents on 83 counts of running a dogfighting operation involving 100 dogs.
The operation had been run since 2014 in Gadsden County, located just west of the state’s capital, according to the U.S. Justice Department.READ MORE: Miami Boat Show Move In 2022 Could Impact Manatees
The indictment said the defendants bred and sold “pit bull-like” dogs and trained them to fight. They also had equipment to stage fights around the county.READ MORE: Video Captures Pompano Beach Shooting, Suspects Sought
Prosecutors said in a news release that most of the recovered dogs were placed with dog adoption organizations. The remains of one dog were found at a site where dog fights were taking place.
Each charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.MORE NEWS: Red, Long-Time Zoo Miami Resident Ostrich Found Dead
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