Thursday, November 20, 2008

Officials Search for Dogfighting Bust Suspects

HOUSTON -- Officials said they are still on the lookout for more than 40 suspects who were charged in one of the nation's largest dogfighting bust last week.

Click here to see photos of some of the suspects.

Law enforcement officials filed charges against 55 people and seized more than 100 canines on Friday after a yearlong investigation on a major dogfighting ring that was based in Harris County but operated from Tyler to Matagorda County.

Investigators said Harris County fights would be staged weekly or twice a month at one of eight secluded sites. The fights were attended by crowds of up to 100 spectators, who bet on the outcomes. Those charged face up to two years in state jail if convicted.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called in to the 713-222-8477 tips hot line that leads to the capture of any felony suspect charged with dog fighting. Tips may also be submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org.

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