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NYPD busted dog fighting ring, ASPCA pit bull is ready to be adopted

In July 2014, police busted up an apparent dog fighting ring in Queens, charging three people with training and fighting dogs. Cops also rescued 20 dogs, and now one of those pit bulls, Cecilia, is ready to be adopted.

Cecilia was found, with the other dogs, barking in and around the home and garage of a house on 196th Street in St. Albans.

Police searching the property first found five dogs wearing weighted collars and large chains with no food or water nearby behind the house, according to court records.

Police then found more cages in the garage,
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Police then found more cages in the garage, holding dogs with scarring on their faces and bodies. Another dog was found inside the basement, where blood was visible on the walls and the hallway leading down to it, according to court records.

A small, square pit, blood on large pieces of wood, and a large battery with an electric wire were apparently found in the backyard. Police also found a treadmill with blood on it, and a box of syringes with fluid commonly used to train dogs for fighting in the boiler room, according to court records.

Drugs, including methamphetamine and MDMA were also allegedly
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Drugs, including methamphetamine and MDMA were also allegedly found in the house.

Three suspects were charged with several offenses, including 20 counts of prohibition of animal fighting. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 23.

After being rescued from a terrible fate, Cecilia is now ready for a loving home. The 4-year-old pit bull is always in a big hurry to get wherever she's going.

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"Cecilia is a real social butterfly," Robin Persad, the behavior enrichment coordinator at the ASPCA, said in an email. "She always has a big, beautiful smile on her face but gets even more excited when she sees her friends -- human and canine. She loves to explore and wants to be included in everything you're doing -- especially if it means you're sitting down and giving her a back rub!"

The other rescued dogs were either adopted out or had to be euthanized because of an extreme health or behavior issue, according to the ASPCA. Cecilia was adopted before, but the family had to bring her back. Anyone interested in adopting Cecilia should call the ASPCA's Adoption Center at 212-876-7700, ext. 4120.

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