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Dogfighting Busted In Houston

Houston officials broke up one of the largest dog fighting rings in the country Friday, eight people were arrested and 187 dogs were confiscated, the New York Times reported.

State officials learned through undercover investigations that the dog fighting ring attracted crowds of up to 100 people, reported the New York Times.

News of the event was spread through word of mouth, attracting only people that knew each other. Gamblers would place thousands of dollars in bets in the illegal arena.

This was a large-scale, highly organized operation,? said Lisa Block, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

A total of 55 people were indicted and eight people were arrested.

The indicted were charged with engaging in dogfights which can get up to two years in prison. A misdemeanor charge of one year for being a spectator is also proposed for those who are indicted, the New York Times reported.