Genesee County Sheriff's Department officers in Flint, Mich., raided a suspected dog fighting ring and rescued several dogs, including two puppies.
ABC News reports that the suspected ring leader is a 14-year-old boy who was taken into police custody and later released pending a further investigation.
Three of the dogs were injured so badly that they had to be euthanized, according to Michigan Live.
"It appears that torture is also an issue here," Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell told Michigan Live.
Pickell added that some of the injuries sustained by the dogs, including deep bite wounds and fractured ribs, were "just brutal."
Though authorities are convinced they are dealing with a dog fighting ring, four of the dogs seized had to be returned to their owners because of a lack of evidence of wrong doing, according to NBC 25.
The Christian Post reports that dog fighting has become a bigger problem in parts of Michigan because of the financial rewards it can produce for ring leaders.
For more on this story, watch the ABC News report below. (WARNING: Report contains some graphic footage.)
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