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Uncovering the hidden and connected world of dog fighting

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A new chemical can help police find the hidden signs of dog fights. A new chemical can help police find the hidden signs of dog fights.
WCBD -  Animal abuse investigations are all too common for law enforcement in South Carolina. The laws vary and the crimes can sometimes be tricky to prosecute. On Friday the Humane Society of the United States offered state and local agencies more insight into investigating animal cruelty and the type of criminals involved.

Law enforcement from 14 different agencies across South Carolina visited the Mount Pleasant Police Department to learn more about animal cruelty and the new tricks of the trade when it comes to the vicious business of animal fighting.

The forum offered tips and insight into what to look out for, the sure signs of animal fighting and abuse. Obviously the details and images are gruesome-- it's the nature of the crime. Even more disturbing may be the prolific and vicious practices used by animal fighters. The South Carolina Director of the Human Society Kim Kelly said some animals are subjected to the unthinkable.

“Dog fighting is extremely vicious these animals suffer incredible harm and cruelty and it is sometimes unfathomable what kind of pain they endure.”

The goal of The Humane Society is to give law enforcement any edge with criminal activities like dog fighting. Ideas and tactics to hide the felony from police are shared inside a massive network of like-minded criminals who are passionate about the breeding, fighting and disposing of dogs.

 For instance presenters offered details about a new chemical that is mixed with a little water that can make an oddly placed door at a potential crime scene-- the obvious and ghastly part of dog fitting pit. Kelly says such examples are a major part of this effort.

“They've seen something in the past and not registered that it's actually great evidence for dog fighting or cock fighting but now once they see it they can make that connection right away.”

Animal fighting like cock fighting was addressed as well. This inside a state that is included with 9 others that have not made the practice a felony.

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