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63 dogs seized from suspected dog fighting operation

ATLANTA – Federal agents have seized 63 dogs after the discovery of blood-stained carpet on the site of a suspected dog fighting pit in rural Georgia.

Prosecutors say state troopers pulled over four vehicles, 17 March, and found a pit bull covered in blood.

The authorities say that the driver admitted to having just participated in a dog fight in a remote part of the Dodge County, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

Agents searched the scene and found 55 pit bull dogs staked to the ground with heavy chains and with no access to food.

They also found four burial areas,” and the buried bodies of five dogs.

Dodge County jail records show that the six Georgia men and single South Carolina man will be faced with dog fighting-related charges. The records do not list lawyers for them.

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