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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Yes, and subject them to the same living conditions they provided for the dogs.


I agree totally with that, cage them, beat them, make them suffer! don;t feed them or make them fight for their food. These people are WAY WORSE than any other beat on the planet. Heartless sick people! No conscious, no heart, no emplathy=psychopaths.
animal abusers can burn in hell, I don;t believe they can be "Re-habbed" or changed

Norm Starr

Totally agree



J Brams

I also agree philosophically. But realistically we have to find a way to deal with these people better than in the past. They need to be re-educated. They need to be kept from doing it again. Possibly the same kind of law should be placed for animal abusers as for children abusers.

Animal Advocate

Yes, these scumbags cannot be rehabbed. However, they should feel all of the punishment the law can give: huge fines; long jail time, community shaming, so they can never have the means to dogfight again. Shame, Shame, and more shame

Animal Advocate

Agee, agree, agree, throw them in the worst prisons that are just like that where they will be treated like the dogs they abused; and fine them thousands of dollars. Shame them on their home turf. Put big anti-dog fighting signs up in their neighborhoods that shame their coolness and manliness for dogfighting; or whatever works.


Never rehabbed, just sorry they got caught. Let them rot in hell!


I to agree, animal abusers are the worst!! Very dangerous people and I to believe that they can not be Chanced!


great idea