Dead pit bulls may have been used in dogfighting
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- An animal control officer in New Bedford says two pit bulls found dead over the weekend had injuries consistent with dogfighting.
The first pit bull was found wrapped inside a plastic bag on West Beach in the South End. Officer Mary Ellen Barlow says the dog had scratch marks and puncture wounds that were likely caused by another dog.
Last night, a second pit bull was found floating in the Popes Island Marina.
Autopsies will be performed on both dogs to determine the exact cause of death.
New Bedford Animal Control Director Emmanuel Macial said last week that officials were investigating a possible dogfighting ring in the city.
Another pit bull was found drowned earlier this year with a 20-pound dumbbell tied to its leg.
The Animal Rescue League is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the deaths of the two dogs this past weekend.
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