Dog Fighting Ring Busted – Watch : 22 indicted in alleged dog-fighting ring in Baltimore

Dog Fighting Ring Busted - Watch : 22 indicted in alleged dog-fighting ring in Baltimore

Baltimore-based dog-fighting ring busted, according to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. Authorities say hundreds of dogs were forced to fight in the ring.

Authorities said Monday that a Baltimore grand jury returned indictments against 22 people involved in the ring, 14 of whom are in custody. They are all charged with animal cruelty, dog fighting and conspiracy.

The indictments came after authorities raided 18 locations in the Baltimore area and a compound in West Virginia following a yearlong investigation.

An official at the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office said authorities recovered 225 dogs, including 50 puppies, and at least 20 weapons as part of the investigation. The fate of all the dogs once they were taken to shelters is unclear.

Authorities say the ring also has links in North Carolina, New York and elsewhere in Maryland.