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Pitbulls rescued from dogfighting ring up for adoption

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa shelter is housing two dogs rescued after one of the largest busts of a dog fighting ring in U.S. history.

The bust happened last year in Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi.

More than a dozen people were arrested and hundreds of dogs rescued.

Many of those dogs had to be put down but some were taken in by the ASPCA.

Now, 2 of the dogs are at the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo.

Shelter officials say they don't exactly know the conditions in which the dogs were rescued from but say they are just fine now and are ready for a good home.

Luigi is a one-year-old.

He loves his ball, loves the water.

He was still in the womb when his mother was one of hundreds of dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring in the South last year.

"We know Luigi was born after the ASPCA did seize all of the dogs. His life he's been around people and other dogs. Pretty happy go lucky," said Kristy Gardner, co-director of the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo.

Jax is two or three and is a bit calmer than Luigi.

Jax isn't shy around the camera.

The pair have been at the Cedar Bend Humane Society for the last couple of weeks - thanks to a partnership with the ASPCA.

"The Humane Society says there's been extensive temperament testing for the two dogs. They say they're no more dangerous than any other dog at the shelter."

"Every dog is put through the same evaluation, temperament testing and health testing to see if they're suitable to go out to the public. Our goal as a humane society is we want to save the animals and we want to find them good homes but we also want families to be happy with their pets," said Gardner.

Gardner says Cedar Bend evaluates every dog individually when they come in to the shelter.

She says the ASPCA cleared Luigi and Jax for adoption but they also did their own testing here locally.

The dogs are now available for adoption but Gardner says if people want to foster the dogs, that's also an option.

10 people have pleaded guilty in federal court to being involved in that dog fighting ring.

Sentencing is set for later this month.

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