Dolton arrests 8 in dogfighting case

Published: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 9:42 a.m.áCDT

(MCT) — Police say they have rescued dogs that were used in a fighting ring in Dolton.

Eight people were arrested, including six found hiding in the rafters after the first two were caught, police said.

Someone called police and told them about dogfights in the 1500 block of East 142nd Street in the south suburb. Responding officers "were able to observe the incident and apprehend suspects at the scene," said TaQuoya Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Dolton.

"The dogs (pit bulls) showed signs of improper care and abuse and indications of dogfighting," she said in a statement late Wednesday. "We have numerous suspects in custody, and we have called out the Cook County unit that investigates dogfighting to assist us with the charges and ongoing investigation."

The Cook County sheriff's office sent out evidence technicians, animal crimes investigators and animal control officers, according to Frank Bilecki, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

"When police hit the building people, fled out of there. ... We're told that there might be cameras. Police are going to be out there for a little bit gathering evidence," Bilecki said.

WGN-TV assignment editor Andrew Zuick contributed.

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