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Eighteen people were arrested Saturday night in Churubusco after police raided a dogfight.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department said it received a tip Friday that a dogfight would take place Saturday at the home in the 900 block of East Indiana 205, a home on the edge of town.

Of the 18 arrested, 14 were from the Gary-Chicago area, two were from Three Rivers, Mich., and two were from Churubusco.

All 18 were being held at the Whitley County Jail, and none had posted bond as of Sunday. They are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

All are charged with misdemeanor counts of attending an animal fight. Some others were also charged with possession of marijuana, paraphernalia or resisting arrest. The Journal Gazette typically does not name people charged only with misdemeanors.

According to Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brice, the dogfight took place in the garage of the home, which is rented. Police found two dogs that were injured and bloody. A third dog was young and had no injuries.

Brice said the dogs, which were not aggressive toward humans, were taken to the Whitley County Humane Shelter. They will be treated for their injuries and held as evidence in an undisclosed location outside of Whitley County, he said.

Brice said after doing some research into the dogfighting culture, he discovered that people like to hold the fights in bedroom communities where police are not aware of the signs of dogfighting. People also organize dogfights on holiday weekends when numerous cars with out-of-state plates won’t draw attention.