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Dogfighting on rise in eastern Arkansas

Police investigators in eastern Arkansas are warning that illegal dogfighting is on the rise.
    
The blood sport is becoming more and more common in the Mid-South, and now state authorities in Arkansas say they're setting up a task force to crack down on those who participate in this underground activity where "losing dogs are often discarded, killed or left untreated", according to the ASPCA's Web site.
    
But authorities say that even with the extra man power, they'll still need help from the public to put an end to dogfighting.

"This is cruelty at its worst," said Wanda Turner of Northeast Arkansans for Animals (NAFA). "This is something that's so easy to stop if people would just step up and say 'You know, I know what they're doing, and this is where they're doing it.' Then we can take over from there."

Investigators say they're currently setting up a fund to offer rewards to citizens who provide information leading to an arrest.

For more information on signs of dogfighting and how to report it:

NAFA:  http://www.nafacares.org/

ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cruelty_dogfighting_faq

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