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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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lora

I LOVE bestfriends!! Theyre the best. I volunteer at there Los Angeles shelters and theyre no kill getting all dogs and cats from city (kill shelters). they do so much for animals.

MICHELLE

ALOT WILL GET ADOPTED, SOME SADLY WITH BE EU. LET'S ALL PRAY AND STAY POSITIVE!!! THE YOUNG ONES HAVE THE BEST CHANCE BUT EU BETTER THAN THE LIFE THEY LIVED, EVEN THOUGH IT IS SO SAD!!!

Susanne

I interpreted Elena's statement the same way as Cheryl did. I understood she meant to say it would be a sad ending for them if they were euthanized after escaping such a terrible life. Dogs impounded from fighting are routinely euthanized in the area I am from Leslie and unfortunately I believe that is still the norm most everywhere.

J

unfortunately.. they would have been better off staying where they were.
you can expect that these dogs will be kept in isolation, in concrete pens, with minimal interaction for the weeks to months or more it will take for the charges to be pressed.
add on a few more weeks as the shelters try to figure out what to do with the dogs.

It's how dogs in every other bust are kept before the majority of them are ultimately put down because they are deemed 'unadoptable' due to age, injury, etc.
Sadly a death in the ring is more humane than what these dogs will probably have to endure.

Elizabeth

J
You're a complete moron if you truly believe being torn to shreds and suffering horrible injuries and death fighting in the ring is more "humane" than the life they will live now.

Sheryl

Yes, J you are a moron. Just by he/she referring to it as a ring leads me to believe he/she is involved in this idiotic behavior. J I'd love to get you in a ring f'er.

Sheryl

Yes, J you are a moron. Just by he or she referring to it as a ring leads me to believe this person is involved in this idiotic behavior. J I'd love to get you in a ring f'er.

cpl h

Better off? Because constant mental, physical, and psychological torture is better than peaceful forever sleep?
Yes, euthanasia is sad. It's tragic that so many of these dogs won't find forever homes. But they were NOT better off in the custody of felonious dog fighting pieces of garbage! Don't be daft!

Mr. T

You are total idiot, what is happening to our human race, oh that's right, are you neutered or Spayed j... if not please get clipped.

C

You serously believe this???? Have you ever seen pictures of dogs that have battle scars, have been bait dogs, or were left to starve and die of thirst? So you think this is a more honorable or humane life for them than being taken out of this environment? Get a clue, J....you have no idea what their life is like....if they even live. Dogs that don't win, get old, or don't breed are of no use...and are killed in brutal violent inhumane ways. And the ones that do fight are ripped to shreds and end up with painful injuries. You're clueless.

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