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Law-enforcement officials in the US are being frustrated in their efforts to crack down on organized dogfighting. Police recently raided a dogfight near Augusta, Ga., attended by more than 150 persons. As a result, 18 of the spectators face gambling and other charges.

But in the four years since passage of a federal law against dogfighting, the US Department of Agriculture -- responsible for its enforcement -- has prosecuted only one case. Congress never set aside any enforcement funds. And local police usually have higher priorities.

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Animal control officials in Atlanta say the fights go on "all over," contending that spectators usually are tipped off when a raid is planned -- sometimes by police themselves.

What especially bothers animal control officials is that some spectators take their children along, exposin g them to gambling and brutality.m

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