Feds want to keep pit bulls' location secret after dog-fighting bust

This picture provided by the ASPCA shows three puppies rescued during the Aug. 23, 2013 raid. (ASPCA/Associated Press)
This picture provided by the ASPCA shows three puppies rescued during the Aug. 23, 2013 raid. (ASPCA/Associated Press)
Federal and local authorities seized nearly 370 pit bulls in Alabama and Georgia on Friday, Aug. 23 in the second-largest dog fighting ring in the country. (ASPCA/Associated Press)
Federal and local authorities seized nearly 370 pit bulls in Alabama and Georgia on Friday, Aug. 23 in the second-largest dog fighting ring in the country. (ASPCA/Associated Press)

Montgomery, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are trying to make sure the defendants in a multi-state dog fighting investigation don't find out where their pit bills are being held.

Prosecutors in Montgomery say defense attorneys for the dozen defendants have a right to inspect the dogs, but they want a federal judge to issue a protective order barring the defense attorneys from disclosing the dogs' locations to their clients.

Officials say the dogs are being cared for at undisclosed locations by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society of the United States. The prosecutors say there have been other dog-fighting cases where defendants sought to steal the dogs.

Investigators seized 372 pit bulls in the investigation, which includes defendants from Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

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