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Animal Officers, Police Learn About Dog Fighting

Experts from ASPCA conducting the training

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About two dozen animal control officers and police from across the state are at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford learning about dog fighting.

Experts from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were conducting the training Friday.

The ASPCA says organized animal fighting is becoming more prevalent and it is often associated with illegal drugs, weapons and parole violations.

Mendon Town Constable Phil Douglas is at the training. He says he hasn't seen any signs of dog fighting, but he feels it's coming.

He says the training will help him see the signs.

People are learning how to respond to aggressive dogs with non-lethal force and about dog-fighting paraphernalia.

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