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RIVERHEAD, Long Island (WABC) — Ten people have been arrested and 89 dogs seized in the bust of the largest dogfighting ring in Suffolk County history, District Attorney Tim Sini announced Monday.

The interstate operation extended from Long Island to New York City, Connecticut and Massachusetts, with detectives infiltrating the ring to bring it down from the inside.

Sini said investigators have evidence of the defendants talking about abuse that included electrocution of dogs that lost and the immobilization of female dogs for breeding purposes.

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Authorities displayed cash, kennels and treadmills that were used in the ring, and steroids were also seized.

The suspects all pleaded not guilty and denied the charges, and they were released on their own recognizance.

The dogs were moved to shelters by the ASPCA and are receiving medical care.

Eight dogs were also seized in Connecticut.

Sini also announced that his office was empaneling of a special grand jury to investigate crimes against animals and to make legislative recommendations to combat animal cruelty.

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