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NC authorities charge 27 after dog fighting raid

MAXTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities have charged 27
people with a variety of crimes stemming from what investigators
say was a Robeson County dog-fighting ring that drew participants
from three other states.

State Alcohol Law Enforcement officers raided a home in Maxton
on Saturday during the middle of what they say was a dog fight.
State and federal authorities seized 18 dogs, including some with
serious wounds, along with tens of thousands of dollars and other

Most of the suspects tried to flee on foot, but were caught,
thanks partly to air support from a National Guard helicopter.
The suspects include people from South Carolina, Maryland and
Ohio along with North Carolinians.

The charges they face include dog fighting, animal cruelty,
weapons charges and possession of controlled substances.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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