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MOUNT OLIVE, NC (AP) — A Duplin County man has pleaded guilty to federal dog-fighting charges after an undercover sheriff’s investigator purchased a pit bull from him last year.

Harry Louis Hargrove pleaded guilty Monday to selling, delivering, possessing, training and transporting dogs for the purposes of animal fighting. The 76-year-old Hargrove will be sentenced later.

Officers found 35 dogs last April on Hargrove’s property. All but one of the dogs had to be euthanized because of injuries or aggressive behavior.

Investigators also found a blood-stained fighting pit, devices used to train dogs and dog carcasses.

Police say Hargrove was part of a nationwide dog-fighting operation.

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