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7 pit bulls rescued after Dolton dog fight bust, 8 arrested: PHOTOS

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DOLTON, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Eight people were arrested and at seven pit bulls were rescued after police witnessed organized dog fighting take place in a Dolton industrial park Wednesday night.

Dolton Police got a tip about a dog fight in progress Wednesday at about 7 p.m. in a south suburban industrial park near the 1500 block of 142nd Street.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says this appears to have been a well-organized fight and fortunately they arrived in time to rescue seven dogs.

A pit bull now named Lorenzo is recovering from a severe injury to his right eye, and puncture wounds on the left side of his face, sustained in Wednesday's fight.

Police say it happened at an abandoned auto repair facility in Dolton. When authorities arrived they found a dog fighting pen and green Astroturf covered in blood.

"We've been informed that we got here in the first round of the fight." Dart said. "There were three dogs on the inside when we got here, and there was four dogs in cars out here waiting for the next fight."

Six of the eight men who were arrested attempt to avoid authroties by crawling on top of an upstairs office to hide in the rafters.

One dog was chained to a wall splattered with blood. Investigators say they recovered some drugs and cash. They also found more evidence suggesting a significant number of fights had been on tap.

"There was a treadmill here, lots of narcotics that are normally used to pump the dogs up. There was syringes, there was the sticks they use, the bite sticks they use to encourage them to fight more," Dart said.

Drugs, usually amphetamines, are given to the dogs to make them fight more aggressively.

The animals were all taken to the South Suburban Humane Society where they are being nursed back to health.

"It's beyond heartbreaking for our staff, because when we came in, all came in this morning to treat them, you know I wasn't sure what we all expected but we certainly didn't expect each one to try to crawl into our laps and all seven are people friendly, all seven," said Emily Klehm, CEO of the South Suburban Humane Society.

One of the pit bulls, now named Ripley, had a severe ear injury. Another had his neck bandaged.

"To look into their eyes and to see that some evil creature could do what they've done to these dogs is really a horrifying thing to wrap your mind around," Klehm said.

Humane society investigators say while all seven pit bulls are aggressive toward other dogs because they were trained to fight, they also say all of them are very people friendly.

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