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Dog Saved From Life Of Violence Is Stolen Back By Dogfighters

This weekend, police rescued an injured pit bull from the bloody world of dog fighting, only for criminals to pull him right back in.

On Saturday, officers responding to a noise complaint stumbled upon a massive dog fighting event in Putnam County, Florida. According to police, about 100 people fled the scene, leaving behind 39 vehicles, 20 dogs and at least one firearm.

One of the dogs seized by police.Putnam County Sheriff's Office

One of the dogs seized by police. | Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Animal control officials euthanized one gravely injured dog and took the others to their facility, but on Sunday, thieves cut through a chain link fence to steal back a pit bull believed to be a champion.

"He was basically the winner," animal caretaker Cindy Brown told WJAX-TV. "He had a few punctures, but nothing like the [dog who was put down]."

Authorities say they've contacted 20 people in connection with the dog fighting ring, but all 20 have denied being directly involved, claiming they were spectators.

Florida has some of the toughest animal cruelty laws in the country. Even attending a dog fight in the state is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, but so far no arrests have been announced. The Dodo has reached out to police for comment and will update this story if we learn more.

"It's going to be quite an involved investigation simply because of the number of people and what was going on there," a Putnam County Sheriff's Office spokesperson told WCJB-TV. "We have to be able to prove that the people were there watching the dog fight and not doing anything else, and when they all run into the woods in the middle of the night, that's a bit of a problem."

Authorities say investigations into both incidents are ongoing. Anyone with information about the robbery or the dog fight off Azalea Lane in west Putnam County can contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

To learn more about how you can take action against dog fighting, visit the Humane Society's website here.