MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man has pleaded guilty to organizing dog fights where thousands were bet on the deadly matches.
Donnie Anderson of Auburn, Ala. appeared in federal court in Montgomery Wednesday to plead guilty to conspiracy, four counts of sponsoring dog fights, one count of possessing a fighting dog, and one count of operating an illegal gambling business. He admitted dog owners and spectators bet on the matches he organized in the Auburn area and that one dog owner left a fight with $35,000 in cash.
Another defendant, Ricky Van Le of Biloxi, Miss., pleaded guilty to conspiracy. He admitted providing dogs for fights in Alabama and Mississippi.
The two guilty pleas bring the number of guilty pleas to nine people from four states. The investigation stretched from Georgia to Texas.
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