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Conference in Virginia on Animal Fighting

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - An animal protection organization says more than 100 Virginia police officers and prosecutors are expected to attend a conference on cockfighting and dog fighting.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the all-day event is set for Wednesday at The German Club in Blacksburg. It's sponsored by the ASPCA, Attorney General Mark Herring and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. The goal is to share information on how to effectively identify, investigate and prosecute animal fighting operations.

The ASPCA says animal fighting remains big problem in Virginia and nationally. Earlier this year, the organization seized more than 550 birds trained for a major cockfighting derby in Pound, Virginia.

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