NEW YORK (AP) - An Upper Manhattan building superintendent, a veterinary worker and two other men have been charged with running a dogfighting ring after authorities said an identity theft investigation yielded an animal-abuse case.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office says investigators seized 29 pit bulls and other dogs this fall from cages, a closet and elsewhere in the men's homes. Vance calls it a case of "horrific animal abuse."
Lawyers for three of the men say their clients deny the charges. A message was left for the fourth man's lawyer.