CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire’s top law enforcement officer says illegal dog-fighting is a growing problem in the state’s largest city.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte says the fights on Manchester streets usually are impromptu, between amateur owners, for quickly placed bets or just for bragging rights.

Ayotte and the national Humane Society held a news conference Thursday to publicize a reward program for information leading to convictions for illegal animal fighting. Tips that lead to convictions can be worth $5,000.

The society says it has been working with a statewide task force since a professional-level dog-fighting operation was shut down in Newton in 2002. Forty-three pit bulls and $300,000 in cash were seized in that bust.

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