- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Ventura County have seized 16 dogs they suspect were being bred and trained to fight.

The Ventura County Star says (https://bit.ly/1nk5fsk ) an animal control officer was sent to a home in Santa Paula Tuesday after a report came in that several dogs were fighting in the backyard. The officer separated the animals and called for backup.

The dogs, including two that were severely injured, were taken to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center.

Thirteen were pit bulls, two were English bulldogs and one was a Boston terrier. Four were puppies.

Officers found evidence of fight training, including an agitator stick.

No one was home at the time, but the property owner later went to the police station and denied any wrongdoing. The investigation is continuing.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, https://venturacountystar.com

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