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ASPCA Rescues 20 Dogs in NYPD Dog Fighting Bust

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
ASPCA responder holding emaciated pit bull

A sign on the door of the house reportedly read “Premises is perilous to life,” and it was not a joke or an exaggeration. When the ASPCA and the NYPD entered the Queens home on Thursday, July 31, what we found was horrific—and heartbreaking.

Multiple dogs, many of whom were emaciated, scarred, and wearing heavy chains, were found without access to food or water. A bloody treadmill—a tool used to train dogs for fighting—weighted harnesses, steroids, syringes and other dog fighting paraphernalia were found in the home. At least one dog had deep scratch marks raked across its face.

Uniformed NYPD patrol officers from the 113th Precinct responded immediately to a complaint of dog fighting, called the ASPCA helpline, and less than 24 hours later both the NYPD and ASPCA—with the assistance of NYPD’s newly appointed Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad—were able to mobilize resources. Siblings Addison Holder, 44, and Keisha Hall, 33, are currently facing charges of animal fighting, unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine and felony drug possession, and are each being held on $100,000 bail. A third defendant was arrested on Wednesday, August 6.

The ASPCA has taken custody of the 20 canine victims found in the home. They are now receiving food, water, enrichment and love—many for the first time in their lives.

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“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” says Matthew Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “Through our partnership, the ASPCA and the NYPD are determined to protect New York City’s animals from this form of cruelty and bring their abusers to justice.”

We are committed to helping these dogs heal, both physically and emotionally, but we need your support now more than ever. When you make a gift today, you will help provide these dogs with the urgent care they so desperately need, and you’ll help us continue to rescue victims of animal cruelty across the country.

These dogs and so many other animals deserve a chance at a better life. Please make a donation today.

ASPCA responder holding emaciated pit bull

ASPCA Rescues 20 Dogs in NYPD Dog Fighting Bust

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Jan

Lock them up and throw away the keys! If these dogs that they have trained to fight are to get loose, who knows who or what they will attack! This needs to be stopped for the good of the poor dogs as well as the good of the community!

Linda

Hopefully justice is served.

Linda

Hopefully justice is served.

Laurie Pulvers

Please please put these evil disgusting people in cages themselves thanstarve them. Than we need to heavily fine these wasted humans a than put them in jail for life. Let them feel how it is to abuse and than be abused.

Cheryl DaSilva

Put them in jail with a small amount of water once every three weeks and see how they like it! chain them down! no priviliges

Denise

Why not put the "siblings" responsible for the animal abuse through the same rigerous training regime????? Starve them, beat them, pump them up with steroids and let some dogs attack them for a few months. To me that would be justice!

BRIAN ESTRIN

let them rott in jail

Cheryl DaSilva

Lock them up with no priviliges what-so-ever! subject them to no food or water for lengthy times. Brutalize them as they did to these poor dogs!

Cheryl DaSilva

Lock them up with no priviliges what-so-ever! subject them to no food or water for lengthy times. Brutalize them as they did to these poor dogs!

Laurie

These people should be put in a cell & beaten everyday for the rest of their miserable lives......exactly what has been done to these poor dogs!!!!

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