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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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lisa

Is your dog microshipped? I am sure they will be scanned ... good luck

Jessica

Contact the Auburn, AL city police. They are taking down information for those who are looking for the lost or stolen dogs

T. Curtis

I was wondering the same thing on how to send a photo. My dog was stolen by several involved with me in my yard, September 20, 2010. Some involved was going around in a truck claiming to be selling meat out of the back. After many people in my area (north Florida) seen my poster signs all over the area, I got calls of many other people about their dogs that had vanished--mostly bulldog breeds. I had done a police report and had found out that almost a year before what had happened to me had happened to the sgt. who was doing my police report 3 dogs vanished the day that a "meat truck" came through his neighborhood. Because of all what I had been told, I had offered a reward of $1500 + extra from Sheriffs office tip line.... nothing came from it except removal of my signs only my signs out of many around it caught on camera as well as strange phone calls from Georgia as well as other areas of Florida asking me if I had kids, telling me my dog was found or my dog was not stolen etc. One number could not even be traced. Sad enough there was not an actual investigation done on anything partially to blame according to local Sheriffs office is the people in the meat truck claimed to be coming from across county lines and they couldn't cross them--I believe that's a crock... Some of the people who had been coming into our area working as door to door meat sellers who were like in my case were not going door to door have been in Georgia as well from companies in N. Fl. There is so much I could go on and on. I have wondered about my spayed pitbull, my other one was very lethargic but is ok, and I have wondered if anyone else who had their dog(s) stolen had any kind of encounter as this. These thugs can come and go on these jobs and have an excuse to scout out homes and steal dogs, it is extremely disturbing. In my case, they seemed to be experienced and not scared at all, my dog that was stolen would always bark and let me know if she saw anyone and this day I never heard her bark with me in my yard. She was my baby 6 years old beautiful & great, still have hope that she would make it back and justice be served to whom all is involved. These stories gives me hope!

Sherri

I just returned from a 1 week rotation working with some of these dogs. send me all pics you have and I will get them to the command staff on scene. please include a detailed description...age, weight, surgeries, is it trained to sit, anything you can think of that would help to identify it. [email protected]

Angela Hayes

I am looking for my dog that was stolen we believe on July 4th we had rescued her from a person that questionably could have been involved in something like this. WE are offering a reward for her to. It would be a blessing if she was there.

Jessica

Contact the Auburn, AL city police. They are taking down information for those who are looking for the lost or stolen dogs.

Roxanna Fuller

My yellow male lab has been missing for 6 weeks. How do I find out if he was one of the dogs found? We live in the Valley Alabama area, very close to Lee county.

Jessica

Contact the Auburn, AL city police. They are taking down information for those who are looking for the lost or stolen dogs

jan noyes

god bless you now if they would only stsrt throwing the book at these jerks who do this and charge them with HUGE FINES AND JAIL TIME it would make a huge difference we ALL need to step up and participate even if its only trying to get better laws set via computers common people make a difference

Sarah Adams

What will happen to the dogs? Will they be adoptable?

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