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Dogs rescued in multi-state dog fighting case, ASPCA says

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Hundreds of dogs were rescued in a multi-state dog fighting case across the southern U.S Friday morning.

The ASPCA says 367 dogs were seized along with suspected dog fighting paraphernalia after a three-year investigation initiated by the Auburn Police.

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The dogs, many of which have scars and wounds consistent with dog fighting, were rescued in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. 

Ten suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges. 

"Federal and local officials also seized firearms and drugs, as well as more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities that took place over the course of the investigation," officials said in a news release by the ASPCA.

The dogs are different ages, from just a few days to 10 to 12 years old. They were left in extreme heat with no fresh water or food. Some were chained to cars or cinder blocks.

The dogs are receiving veterinary care. 

The case is ongoing. Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

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