- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - Dozens of dogs and more than 200 cats were involved in two separate cases of alleged animal cruelty in Florida this week.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office say a Crime Stoppers tip led them Wednesday to discover a dog fighting ring being run out of a former Bartow bar.

The Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/1zpSZN2 ) that many of the 69 dogs found at the bar and at a suspect’s home had scars and recent wounds from fights. Authorities say many of the dogs may be euthanized.

Meanwhile, a Milton couple who had 225 cats removed from their home last year were sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to multiple counts of animal cruelty. Santa Rosa County authorities tell the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/1zpUj2z) 86 of the cats were euthanized.

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