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Good boy?
Good boy?
Matteo Indice and Michele Sasso

Kali and Marika have been stuffed with nandrolone and carnitine, doped and "dried," waiting to represent the Wild Boys Kennel against rivals Top Line. And so it would end: the former died, the latter won. Zeus instead had been tested with a couple of sparring matches, waiting an encounter with Dwaith: they tore each other to pieces, and a winner was declared on points, as gang members dubbed "the Belgians," "the Frenchman" and "Marko the Serb" looked on.

Such sequences are described in a recent report from an Italian investigation into dogfighting, featuring mainly pit bulls. It is a grim story of a fight club for dogs with secret Facebook groups, bets worth thousands of euros, and a transnational network that trains and places these canine champions in secret rings around Italy.

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