Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Ala

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A detective investigating a multi-state dog fighting case says each side usually bet $20,000 to $40,000 on a match and more than $100,000 could change hands on a Saturday night in the Alabama woods.

Auburn Police Detective Chris Carver worked with the FBI on the investigation and testified in federal court Wednesday in Montgomery. All 12 defendants from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas appeared in court Wednesday to enter not guilty pleas. All 12 are charged with conspiring to sponsor dog fights or training animals for fights. Eleven face gambling charges.

Carver said investigators have information from informants and cooperating witnesses about seven dog fights in Lee County between 2011 and 2013.

A judge set a Feb. 10 trial date.

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