Pit bulls rescued from dog fighting ring

    Six dogs are being treated at Pennsylvania SPCA headquarters in Philadelphia.
    The animals were rescued early this morning from what authorities believe was a dog-fighting ring.

    Six dogs are being treated at Pennsylvania SPCA headquarters in Philadelphia.

    The animals were rescued early this morning from what authorities believe was a dog-fighting ring.
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    Pennsylvania SPCA officers rescued six pit bulls and a cat from a house near 10th and Dauphin Streets.  They also found one dog dead in the basement.

    Nicole Wilson is a law enforcement case manager for the Pa. SPCA.

    Wilson: There are some dogs that have old scarring up to the point where you have one dog that needs surgery for wounds from a fight that occurred recently.  I would say it was in the last few weeks.  The dog has abscessed wounds around his face and neck area – very consistent that that you would see from fighting.

    Wilson says two people who lived at the house will face felony dog-fighting charges.

    She says the ring could be part of a larger ring in north Philadelphia, and the Pa. SPCA’s investigation is ongoing.

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