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Police raid dogfighting ring

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Authorities busted a dog fighting ring early Sunday morning at this house at 527 Ida-Maybee Rd. in Ida, Mich.

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Tips were passed to authorities that two dogs would face off in a championship fight and that 'thousands of dollars' in wagers were expected. Authorities said it is rare to catch a dogfight in progress.

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Ten suspects were detained in the garage, while eight others were apprehended after fleeing the residence upon the officers' arrival.

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Cages are stacked outside the property where where where the dogfight was occurring, police say.

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Five dogs, two badly hurt, were taken from the garage where the fight was occurring. David Grow, with the Monroe County Animal Control, puts one of the recovered dogs into the truck.

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Trina Stillwagon of the Monroe Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said she and volunteers from her group found four dogs which were not discovered by investigators. At least one was a puppy.

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David Grow, with the Monroe County Animal Control, puts another recovered dog into their truck after rescuing them from the property.

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