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Officers training in detecting, preventing dog fighting rings

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Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are honing their skills in dog fighting prevention and detection. 

Due to recent dog fighting cases in Charlotte, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has partnered with the CMPD Animal Care & Control Division (CMPDACC).

Blood Sports director Terry Mills is working with more than 60 North Carolina animal control officers and law enforcement agents, showing them how to investigate the increasingly prevalent crime of organized animal fighting.

"Officers will learn about the secret subculture of animal fighting and paraphernalia often overlooked by law enforcement, such as break sticks, weighted collars and drugs used to increase aggression in dogs and fighting birds," Mills said.

According to CMPDACC, in the past year, local officers have investigated multiple cases of suspected dog fighting operations, resulting in three arrests and the seizure of more than 40 dogs.

Wednesday's training also focuses on cockfighting.

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