By PHILLIP RAWLS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge in Alabama has ordered participants in a high-stakes dog fighting operation to pay a record $2 million in restitution.
U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins levied the payments Thursday and Friday on people who pleaded guilty in the multi-state case.
Officials with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States said it was the largest restitution amount ever ordered by federal judge in a dog fighting case.
The restitution will go to the two animal welfare organizations, which provided care for the 451 dogs seized in the case. But even if all the money is paid, which they doubt, it won't come close to covering the $5.5 million they reported spending on the dogs' care.