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New Jersey Men Plead Guilty in Cross-Country Dogfighting Ring

5 plead guilty in animal fighting ring that operated across US

Five men have pleaded guilty in a dogfighting ring that stretched between New Jersey and New Mexico.

Prosecutors said that the men participated in dogfights and trafficked in dogs for fights in New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois and New Mexico.

Frank Nichols, of Millville, New Jersey, and Pedro Cuellar, of Willow Springs, Illinois, pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton on Friday.

Anthony Gaines and Lydell Harris, both of Vineland, pleaded guilty Thursday, and Mario Atkinson, of Asbury Park, pleaded guilty in June.

Prosecutors say the case is part of Operation Grand Champion, which has rescued 98 dogs so far. The phrase Grand Champion is used by dog fighters for animals with more than five victories.

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