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New DNA database to convict dog fighting breeders, help animals

While dog fighting often breeds aggressive pit bulls and other animals, there is no doubt the animals forced to engage in this horrific crime are victims.

Now, animal rights activists may be closer in cracking down on those who encourage and take part in the sport, according to KansasCity.com.

The news source reports that the development of a nationwide DNA database from animals seized during investigations might lead cops back to the people who breed, handle and raise these kinds of canines.

"It's a major underground industry that is challenging to infiltrate and get convictions," Tim Rickey of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the news source.

The move will allow police to trace DNA and genetic material left at the scene of a fight to known dog-fighting canines. They will also be able to compare bloodlines between dogs, therefore leading cops back to a specific breeder.

The public has become much more aware of the seriousness of dog fighting during the last few years. In fact, when it was discovered that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was breeding dog fighters, he was vilified in the press. He was later sentenced to 23 months in prison.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19863631-ADNFCR
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