A crackdown on all forms of gambling by State Police is leading to more dog fighting investigations.
Over the past three years State Police opened about 150 new dog fighting cases. Those cases led to 85 arrests. They've also led to the seizure of more than 700 dogs during that time.
The focus on dog fighting by State Police involves agencies across the state. Troopers offer classes and training videos like the ones seen here to help local agencies curb the problem.
Troopers say the new focus started to pay off nearly three years ago. This was the case in March of 2005. State Police arrested Floyd Boudreaux and his son Guy. Dozens of pit bulls were taken from the family property and later destroyed by Animal Control workers. At the time investigators referred to Floyd Boudreaux as the "Don of Dog Fighting in Acadiana." the Boudreaux's deny the allegations. Both suspects face four dozen counts of dog fighting. The Boudreaux's trials are set for January.
Then in April of 2005 another major break for Troopers. A raid in Southwest Saint Landry Parish marked the first time State Police busted a dog fight in progress. The raid resulted in nearly thirty arrests and the seizure of a dozen dogs.
State Police say intelligence gained in these types of operations is being shared with local agencies. The training includes evidence identification, undercover surveillance operations and the transfer of case information.
Troopers tell TV 10 part of the danger of dog fighting is the unwanted elements possibly associated with the blood sport. That includes more crime for Police to handle.
Trooper David Anderson of the State Police says it's not only going to be illegal gambling. There will probably be weapons involved. There's a number of other illegal activities going on not just dog fighting.
Police say Louisiana is one of the states where you can be arrested for not only dog fighting but watching the matches.
Trooper David Anderson says it's illegal. Point blank, it's illegal. It doesn't matter if you own the dogs or if you are betting on the dogs.