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2009-07-09Gilman City, MO |  By: Wayman

Dog Fighting Ring Indictments

Federal prosecutors allege the 7 defendants bet thousands of dollars on at least 3 fights earlier this year at the Bottcher Farm in Gilman City- that's just south of Bethany.

Indicted are Cris bottcher, along with Rick

Hihath (high-hath) of St. Joseph, as well as Julio Reyes of Tecumseh Nebraska and several Iowa residents.

Prosecutors say some dogs involved in the fights were burned, shot, or thrown in a river and others did not receive proper care for their wounds.

The 7 indictments are among a sweep by federal agencies yesterday which agents raided 4 Missouri kennels, seizing about 150 pitt bulls.