The Wayne County sheriff says deputies busted a major dog fighting ring in Detroit, arresting 50 men and three women and seizing $27,000 in cash, as well as weapons and drugs.
The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press say Monday's arrests came at the start of a fight between two pit bulls. One dog was caught and the other escaped.
Sheriff Warren Evans says the owner of the winning dog was set to win $12,000. Spectators paid $65 each.
Authorities say they knew about the fighting operation for several days, but fight locations and times continually shifted. They say spectators got text messages hours before the fights.