UPDATE: Milwaukee police: Dogfighting owners hard to track

UPDATED Friday, April 4, 2014 --- 4:43 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Some of the Milwaukee dogfighting matches outlined in criminal complaints this week allegedly occurred in residential neighborhoods, not in far-flung rural communities. That raises the questions of why next-door neighbors never reported seeing or hearing anything out of the ordinary.

Milwaukee police said Friday that perpetrators take special pains to hide their actions.

Fighting dogs might be kept in a basement from birth to death, so neighbors never even know there's a dog next door. Matches might be held late at night or before dawn, and owners might transport their dogs in the trunks of their vehicles or park inside the garage before letting them out.

Milwaukee police Officer Ivan Wick says residents who see the slightest suspicious activity shouldn't be afraid to ask police to investigate.

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Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 --- 1:35 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Law enforcement officials in Milwaukee say 13 people have been arrested following a dogfighting investigation, and they are looking for an additional suspect.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced the arrests at a Thursday news conference attended by multiple law enforcement agencies.

He says 22 dogs were rescued Thursday morning when six search warrants were executed. The body of one dog was recovered.

Chisholm says the dogs had injuries from fighting and a dogfighting pit was found in the basement of one home.

He says two people have been charged in state court, and he expects at least 12 federal cases to result from the investigation.

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