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Dogfighting ring in Maine under investigation

A potential dogfighting operation in western Maine is under investigation after multiple reports of stolen dogs, barking and gunshots have been reported, the Bangor Daily News reports.

On September 2, the news source reported several cases of dogs being stolen out of local residents' homes, yards and cars. Most of the missing dogs were pit bull breeds like Staffordshire bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers, although several Labrador retrievers have also been reported missing. Local Animal Control Officer Ozzie Hart told the news source that he believes the thefts are related to a dog fighting ring - that the stolen dogs are used for bait to make the fighting dogs more aggressive. They are being killed or severely injured in the process.

Hart told the news source he has also gotten reports of dogs barking and gun shots off of a particular road in Woodstock, Maine. Although he has been assigned a deputy to investigate this potential crime, there has been no progress to date, he said.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that people can work towards ending dogfighting by supporting stronger laws and alerting the media about it. In addition, they should call or write to local law enforcement officers so they know how much people care.  
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