Texas authorities broke up what they're calling one of the largest dogfighting rings in the country -- and seized at least 168 animals.
Investigators arrested eight people - including a school teacher
- and filed charges against four dozen more in the gambling-related
Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Lisa Block says dogfighting is not entertainment -- it's a crime.
The ring spanned five counties - Matagorda, Tyler, Jasper, Montgomery and Harris - and involved dog fights with as many as 100 spectators at a time who bet on the contests.
DPS says more than 40 suspects are still sought.
Harris County Assistant District Attorney Belinda Smith says the
charges are engaging in dog fighting, a felony.
Drug and gambling-related charges are pending.
Among those arrested was 37 year old Jay Andrews, who's an English teacher in the Aldine Independent School District in Houston.
He was arrested at school.
A district spokeswoman says Andrews will be reassigned to duties
outside the classroom until the criminal investigation is over.