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Authorities seize 21 dogs and dogfighting paraphernalia from residence in Kearneysville

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KEARNEYSVILLE, West Virginia — Authorities have seized 21 dogs and dogfighting paraphernalia from a residence in Kearneysville.

The Humane Society of the United States says the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department's seizure of the dogs stemmed from an investigation of a suspected dogfighting operation.

The society said Thursday in a news release that some of the dogs have scars consistent with dogfighting. An area suspected of being used for staging fights was found at the residence.

The society and Jefferson County Animal Control helped with removing the dogs from the residence. The dogs will be held at a temporary shelter.

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