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Nationwide patrons nailed in Mississippi dog-fighting raid

Posted: Updated: April 1, 2013 01:51 PM

JACKSON, Ms. (KNOE 8 News) - Law enforcement in Mississippi say they've broken up a major dog fighting ring there.

This, after a raid in Benton County snagged people from around the country as part of a months long, nationwide investigation.

David Murphy is an investigator with the Benton County Sheriff's Office in north Mississippi. He says at least 200 people were at the dogfight over the weekend when state and federal officers raided a barn there.

Murphy said Monday that nearly 50 people were arrested and authorities are looking for others who fled, many leaving behind their vehicles. At least 70 vehicles were seized.

He says shots were fired when officers arrived but nobody was hurt and authorities didn't return fire. About 20 dogs were rescued.

Admission to the fight was $100.

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