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Class held to warn Louisville law enforcement about dog fighting

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All across the U.S., dozens of pit bulls are being used for dog fighting. All across the U.S., dozens of pit bulls are being used for dog fighting.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- All across the U.S., dozens of pit bulls are being used for dog fighting. A recent raid near Kansas City is considered one of the largest, and the resulting arrests spanned Texas, Missouri and Kansas.

And authorities say it's also happening in Kentucky.

Terry Mills with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is in Louisville to teach prosecutors, animal control officers and law enforcement how to investigate blood sports like dog and cock fighting.

He says, "We get calls about Kentucky just like we do everywhere -- metro areas, as well as rural areas."

"It's all about money, make no mistake," Mills said. "Just under money is ego. They are very competitive and they all think they have the winning dog and it's all about competition."

Locally, you may remember Frodo, the abused dog found tied to a fence with duct tape wrapped around his mouth on W. Kentucky St. The ASPCA says cases like this bring attention to the world of dog fighting.

Mills showed WDRB's Valerie Chinn a table full of dog fighting paraphernalia.

"This is called a 'break stick' or 'bite stick,'" he said. "It's how the dog fighters pry the mouth open. Once they engage in a fight, they have to be pried off of each other."

When breaking up dog fighting rings, officers often find steroids and other medications used before and after fights. There is also a common tool used where a raw hide is hanging from a spring pole. That is used to strengthen the dog's bite.

Metro Animal Services says the community can help by watching out for people with multiple dogs that may be used for fighting. Officials say, sadly, the losing dog rarely lives and is often electrocuted, shot or drowned.

Margaret Brosko with Louisville Metro Animal Services says, "People who generally go to dog fighting events are the dog fighters themselves. So, it's a very close-knit group of individuals. So the difficulty is identifying where this is occurring and who is involved."

Dog fighting is often linked to crimes involving drugs, weapons, and parole violations.

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