Police: Dog fighting on the rise on LI

LONG BEACH - Nassau County police say the illegal blood sport of dog fighting is becoming more commonplace on Long Island.

Jet Painter, of the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, says this year, there has been a 100-percent jump in dog fighting cases from the year before, perpetuated by sophisticated underground rings.

Last week, Long Beach police arrested two men on West Pine Street, just a couple of blocks away from City Hall, for allegedly having three dogs fight.

Also last week, the Guardians of Rescue, an animal rights group, rescued a pit bull wandering around Westbury. Judging from its multiple wounds, they believe it was used as a bait dog to help train other stronger animals.

Animal rights groups say most pit bull fighters are teenagers who do it to get into gangs.

Animal Cruelty Hotline - 516-571-ACHLSuffolk SPCA - 631-382-7722

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