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20 fighting dogs rescued in Indiana

The Humane Society of the United States rescued 20 dogs from a home in Gary, Indiana, where the Rescue Team and the Lake Country sheriff's department and Animal Control had suspected a dog fighting operation.

The sheriffs arrested four individuals who were charged with promoting animal fighting, a class D felony in Indiana that will cost them each up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The dogs were found chained and caged but were seized by the HSUS's Animal Resuce team and are being brought to an undisclosed location and provided with care and enrichment, the HSUS reports. Many of the dogs were friendly and happy to be nurtured.

The HSUS estimates that there are about 40,000 people in the U.S. who are involved in professional, organized dog fighting circuits, while an additional 100,000 meet on neighborgood streets, alleys and hideaways, according to CNN. This is despite the fact that it is a felony in all 50 states. Dog fighting has fight purses as high as $100,000.

John Goodwin, expert on animal fighting with the HSUS, told the news source that there are about a dozen underground dog fighting magazines and half a dozen registries.
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