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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Katherine Mayers

Like I always say let the inmates have them and see how they like being beaten and raped repeatedly, and have to fight their food !!!!!!!

Rose Dixon

I so agree they should spend "years" in jail. My husband & I did a rescue amost 9 years ago shepherd Xena, she is so happy, spoiled we love her. I don't think she would have lived one more year if we did'nt take her. Instead of in a cage 24/7 outside all elements no attention just food and water once/a/day. Now she has her own spot on the couch all day w/ tv, air or heat, water, food treats and lots of TLC.
Birthday, Christmas presents, vacation trips, family reunions, play date w/ her cousin Brisby. She has the life. We have a 19 year old cat, we will do a rescue when it's her time to be put to rest. ALWAYS do a rescue, they will love you for life.

tongbai mason

you such angel that save Xena.. she must be the most happy girl in the block.. I love all of my dogs.. I rescue them from being kill or someone left it out in the parking lot.. no matter if only everyone have the love for animals that mean you are so go give and willing to share your lovely home with them .. my dogs sleep with me like my kids.
now my kids are all grown up .. I got animals. instead.

Animal Advocate

So true about rescues of even the smallest of domestic animals, birds, fish, etc. that if you rescue them, they know it; and are so grateful; and love you for life.
However, if you rescue a human they might not even appreciate it or give you credit; indeed some will resent you. So true.

krysty cavallo

No jail. It costs $60,000 to keep just one piece of sh--t in jail for 1 year. These people are rabid. Put them down,

Abby Rodriguez

I hope that the justice system does not fail these innocent animals.


Hope all of them go to jail for a long, long, time. How can humans be so mean??

krysty cavallo

It costs $60,000 a year to keep one piece of shit in prison. Are they worth that much? They are rabid. Put them down,

Elaine Cummings

Agree. Throw the book at them, hard enough to hit them up for jail time. Too many humans have lost the choice to be considered "human." -- Shades of Michael Vick ... who should still be in jail, or at the very least, looking for a job like regular folks and not be welcomed back to the NFL to make more obscene money. Even worse, to be considered a "spokesperson" for HSUS.


Vick needed to be put in the ring with his dogs. Let him be on the receiving end. HSUS sold themselves out to him. Shame on them.