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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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Alison

Im right there with you...!! Just let me know where and when.....!!!!

t

im in lets go

georgiegirl

Judy, I'm with you!

Dona

Makes mw literally sick how these dogs suffered such inhumane treatment

DOTTIE R

PAYBACKS ARE A B.................

Gary

Let them meet me in a ring. Karma, indeed.

Gary

......with them, of course.

Laura

These acts will continue as long as true punishments are not given out. A prime example is Michael Vick, who did minor time for dog fighting. That was bad enough but then the NFL welcomed him back with such high pay unlike most of us could never imagine. These animal abusers need to be punished like true criminals because they are true criminals.

Caitlin Winters

Laura, I, too, was dumbfounded when the NFL rehired that POS Michael Vick. For Michael Vick & his kind, prison was no different than summer camp with the opportunity to reconnect with his homies....uuuhm, I mean, his former neighbors.

I suspect that the average Joe would have received a harsher sentence, a stiffer fine & been unemployable upon release. That's just a guess.

Maria

I agree with you; these people need to be put away for a long time. They need to pay the consequences of their vicious acts. These defenseless animals did not and do not deserve to be treated as such. They just want to love and be loved.

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