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Dozens of pit bulls that were seized in dog fighting investigations have bitten animal shelter workers and behaved so bad in general that visitors are warned to stay away from their cages.

Most of the 72 pit bulls bark furiously at visitors, propelling their bodies against the cage bars and grabbing a hold of the coats of passers-by, said Mark Kumpf, director at the Montgomery County Animal Control Center.

Starting back in July, the dogs were confiscated in police raids. The dogs have bee housed by the county at a cost to the taxpayers of approximately $60,000 as the cases make their way through the courts.

Many workers at the animal center have been bitten, mostly breaking up fights between dogs when they are removed from the cage for exercise or cleaning.

Some of the dogs are shredding the hard plastic flooring in their cages, drain covers and tearing water bowls off the wall. Barriers have been attached to many cages so the dog inside won’t be driven to frenzy over the sight of another dog close by.

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