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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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Jay

My sincerest and most heartfelt thoughts and prayers for every person who fears their dog was stolen for a bait dog. I can't even imagine what that must be like.

Jodi

I just transported a young pit female. She obviously had been in fights. She was one of the most sweet and cuddly dogs that I've rescued. MAN has taught these dogs to fight. My greatest skill in life is giving belly rubs, are they taking volunteers to administer much needed belly rubs?

David Boyington

My dog was stolen in 2008 and we have been looking for him ever since. We thought we seen him on the news when they recovered the 367 dogs from the fighting ring. We have been talking to the people from HSUS and hoping that we will be able to be reunited with him soon.

JF

If someone is interested in fostering some of these dogs, how could we get involved?

BLACK MAJIC

ITS SAID HOW THESE RICH WHITE FEMALE ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO MAKE MONEY OFF OUR CITAZANS ITS OK TO HAVE BOXING AND UFC AND HUMANS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANIMALS AND WHITE FOLKS HUNT AND KILL EVERY ANIMAL KNOWN TO MAN... THE WHITE MAN HAVE COMMITTED GENACIDE TO HUMANS AND STILL DOING IT IF UR WHITE AND READING THIS PLEASE THINK ABOUT THE SINS OF YOUR FOR FATHERS WHILE ON UR DEATH BEDS AND WIFES DIEING FROM BREAST CANCER FOR THE EVIL YOU HAVE DONE AND DO IN THIS EARTH

Tracy Weller

Where In TX???

Jacqueline Gwilliam

Best news ever. This is just the start, There are so many more that need to be stopped and animals saved. I hope these bastards get long term sentences. I'd like to see them chained up with no food or water in a dirty yard. I feel for those who are missing their dogs or cats that have been stolen. Keep going guys get them all. I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ASPCA FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.

lora

Thank you so much for helping these dogs. I remember an interview with Michael Vick and he admitted that dogs were drown, electracuted and tortured. :(
I hope the dogs were able to be rehomed. Best Friends animal Society rehomed all of the Michael Vic dogs.

paw

HUMANS HAVE BEEN CRUEL TO ALL SPECIES OF ANIMALS ,AND ESPECIALLY EACH OTHER SINCE TIME BEGAN. WE CHOSE NOT TO FOLLOW THE LAWS OF GOD, BUT CREATED OUR OWN FOR OUR OWN GAIN, ESPECIALLY GREED. MAKING MONEY IS WHY THERE ARE DOGFIGHTS.THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN MIND AND HOW EASY IT IS TO BE DRAWN TOWARDS THE DARK RATHER THAN THE LIGHTI IS CALLED THE EGOIC MIND, WE ALL POSESS THIS. IT IS EVIL AND ALTHOUGH HARD TO CONTROL, IT CAN ONLY BE DONE THROUGH GOD, YOUR CHOICE. LOVE IS THE ONLY WAY OUT OF THIS , ANGER IS EVIL IN ITSELF AND WILL EAT YOU ALIVE IF YOU ALLOW IT

Ronda

These sinister monsters responsible for this tragedy are not fit to live among civilized human beings! Too bad that the punishment doesn't fit the crime. They should be rounded up, thrown into a pit with hungrey lions and ripped to shreds. Perhaps that would deter this tragedy from occurring again.

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