KANSAS CITY, KS (WMBF/CNN) - Federal authorities say they busted a dog fighting ring over the weekend that involved nearly a hundred dogs and spanned over three states.
The Kansas U.S. Attorney announced Monday that two men from Kansas City have been arrested in the case.
Authorities say the men owned dozens of dogs - mostly pit bulls - that were used in dog fights.
They say the men kept the dogs at their homes in Kansas and at a farm in Harrison County, MO and then took them to fights as far away as Dallas, TX.
If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
"With the impact that we hope in a prosecution like this is the message that it sends out," said federal prosecutor Barry Grisson. "That if someone thinks that this is something that is not a priority... that cruelty to animals, like cruelty to children, like cruelty to old people, isn't something we take seriously, than you're wrong."
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says they are taking care of the veterinary care and shelter for the dogs involved in the case.