Suspects in massive dog-fighting ring investigation plead not guilty

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A dozen people indicted in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation that started in Lee County say they are not guilty.

The men and a woman entered their pleas Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery.

A magistrate judge set a Feb. 10 trial date for the suspects, who are from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.

During a hearing, federal prosecutor Clark Morris revealed that evidence includes wiretaps from Alabama and Georgia.

All 12 suspects are charged with conspiring to sponsor dog fights or training animals for fights. Eleven also face gambling charges.

Investigators seized 367 pit bulls Friday in raids in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

The dogs are now being cared for by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.

Eight of the suspects are free on bond.

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