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Milwaukee Police uncover dog-fighting operation

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Milwaukee Police uncover dog-fighting operation

By Jermont Terry. CREATED Jun 13, 2011

MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Police say they busted a dog fighting ring at a house on the city's north side. Police seized six pit bulls from the house in the 4900 block of North 27th street.

They believe the dogs were training and fighting in the basement and garage.

"It was an investigation that led us here," said Officer Dustin Frank with the Neighborhood Task Force.

"Something led us to believe something other than sick dogs were here. We had to have to dogs removed for the dog's safety," said Frank.

Inside the house, police say they found dogs tied with thick chains around their necks.

They also found antibiotics or steroids used to inject the dogs.

Officers also claimed weight equipment, like a treadmill, found in the basement was used to train the dogs for fighting. 

Police say this is not an isolated issue within the city.

Sgt. Caroline Knitter said this occurs throughout neighborhoods in the city.

Besides animal cruelty Knitter said dog fighting brings about other problems. 

"Often narcotics and gambling are related to dog fighting," said Knitter.

Police have one man in custody, but they say more people could face charges as the investigation continues.

Jermont Terry

Jermont Terry

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Jermont Terry joined the TODAY'S TMJ4 team in January 2011. He currently leads the TMJ4 I-Team as the investigative reporter.