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ASPCA Rescues 367 Dogs in Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:00pm
Breaking News: ASPCA Rescues 367 Dogs in Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust

At the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the ASPCA is on the ground assisting in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid across the southern U.S. Hundreds of dogs have been seized in the case along with suspected dog fighting paraphernalia.

After a three-year investigation initiated by the Auburn Police, 13 search warrants were executed Friday morning, Aug. 23, throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. Ten suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges. Federal and local officials also seized firearms and drugs, as well as more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities that took place over the course of the investigation.

The dogs, ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years, had been left to suffer in extreme heat with no visible fresh water or food. Many are emaciated with scars and wounds consistent with dog fighting, and some were tethered by chains and cables that were attached to cinder blocks and car tires.

ASPCA responders and responders from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) helped manage the removal and transport of the dogs to temporary emergency shelters in undisclosed locations, where responders are providing veterinary care and behavior enrichment. Responders also assisted authorities with collecting forensic evidence to be submitted for prosecution.

Other animal welfare groups assisting with the operation include Florida State Animal Response Coalition and Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team (Bushnell, Fla.); University of Florida (Gainesville); Humane Society of South Mississippi (Gulfport); International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.); Asheville Humane Society (Asheville, N.C.); Charleston Animal Society (Charleston, S.C.); Louisiana SPCA (New Orleans); American Humane Association (Washington, D.C.); Greater Birmingham Humane Society (Birmingham, Ala.); Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.); PetSmart Charities (Phoenix, Ariz.); Code 3 Associates (Longmont, Colo.); and Montgomery Humane Society (Montgomery, Ala.).

Our responders are still on the ground, and we’ll provide updates as the case unfolds. Stay tuned to aspcarescue.org for more news to come. Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #367rescue.

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Together we can save animals from lives of abuse.

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nikki

JB grow up. Be God like and save the animals who are in distress. Don't you understand that the devil is alive,well and working very hard in this world. JB be part of the solution and not the problem.

meowmixx

oh JB, I understand where you are coming from. I have found myself asking, why would god let this happen when my mom suffered tragically for months, faught for her life but died anyway. I wish there were a god that could conrtol the evil people do, and a devil we could selfishly and neatly blame for the bad. The way I try to see it, thank god that someone, maybe god helped, was able to find these babies and save them. We can all do something that a god or many gods can't do... give these organizations money to keep up the fight.

liz

I understand your anger, yes it is mans choice and what we need to do is make life harder for the criminals, not just slap them on the wrist. No one is afraid of the law anymore, so evil men run wild.

Kiiiiiarah

god loves all his animals we have a choice so it is man that this is the fault of.

Dorie Bellemare

That is so not true! God is not to blame for us. He gave us free will and these evil a holes were led by the devil who is active among us...My heart breaks for these poor sweethearts but thank God that something finally happened. May it continue and all of these creeps get caught and trust me if they get away with it they will rot in hell for ETERNITY.

Mary

I know you are angry that evil happens. But why is God the object of your wrath. He gives us free will and does not force us to do the right thing. Humans can choose to do right or be seduced by evil and do wrong. God is also a just God, though, and He will hand us over to our wicked ways if that's what we choose to do. These dogs suffer as a result of humans choices, not God's choices.

JF

How misguided you are with how the world works and I feel sorry for you. Someone screwed you over apparently and now you feel the need to blame something you obviously have no knowledge or faith about. pity.

tina

He does love his animals and his people. It is not God doing these things or allowing it to happen,the earth is full of sinners we have in one way or another sinned. This kind of stuff makes me very sick to hear about just keep praying that these kind of things will stop and help support these kind of organizations because these are Gods angels helping he is good or there would not be groups out there fighting to stop this stuff.It takes all of the good ones to keep fighting for these things to stop and it can be done just keep up the prayers and help any way you can. God bless all of us.

Anonymous

Unfortunately man manipulated the genetics of this canine to kill or be killed in order to survive. Man created this, and man perpetuates it. God did not design a pack animal to kill it's own pack, man did. It's hard to fathom why when pits kill pits in dog fighting, it's animal abuse, but when "pet" pits kill dogs and people everyday, the pits are never to "blame". A famous dog fighter/breeder said "as long as the breed exists, it will be fought"... makes you wonder why when dog fighting was made illegal, the breed wasn't also. Many believe that is why pits were re-promoted as "pets" concurrently with the illegalization of dog fighting. There will be many more mutilations and fatalities of people and dogs, and professional dog fighting pit victims before this crises is resolved.

Patrick

It may seem that pits have the desire to fight as a genetic trait, but if you do more investigation you will find that the trait that dog fighters look for is the desire to do what their handlers/owners want them to.

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