Dog fighting ring busted, three arrests

Pit bull terrier (Photo: Victor Frava / Wikimedia Commons). (Pit bull terrier (Photo: Victor Frava / Wikimedia Commons))

This week the police arrested three people from Amersfoort and Soest in connection with dog fighting. The police believe they form part of a criminal organization responsible for organizing dog fights, the Telegraaf reports.

The suspects are between the ages of 30 and 33 years. All three were previously in custody, also for organizing dog fights in a number of locations.

One such location is a house in Amersfoort, where the police discovered all manner of horrible things last year, according to the newspaper. These included a dog with a wound closed by a staple gun, medication for treating shock and blood loss, and videos of dog fights. 

The Public Prosecutor did not want to comment substantively on the arrests. How many dog fights the detainees are suspected of organizing, and whether gambling was involved, remain unclear.

The Netherlands national dog protection agency is releived by the arrests. "Dog fights are more common in the Netherlands than we hoped. But as far as we know, this is the first time people were really arrested"