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12 men arrested in Antelope Valley on suspicion of dog fighting

June 24, 2012 |  5:00 pm

Twelve men were arrested Saturday in a raid of an Antelope Valley home where dog fights were believed to be held, law enforcement officials said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies seized eight dogs just after 7:30 p.m. on the property in the Littlerock area near Palmdale. Deputies responded to a call made to the Humane Society Dog Fighting Tipline. 

During the raid, deputies arrested the men on suspicion of dog fighting and animal cruelty. One resident of the home, Paul Manuel Wilhite, 48, was also booked on three outstanding traffic warrants, which totaled $199,000.

The suspects remained in jail Sunday in lieu of $20,000 bail, officials said, and are set to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Three of the dogs recovered bore obvious scars, and all were turned over to animal control officers. Deputies also discovered scales, a pit in which the animals were believed to fight, three treadmills and pieces of wood known as "fight bars," which are used to separate fighting dogs.

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