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 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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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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


You are kidding me?, really? if you have never helped with this kind seizure - you should not "assume" the worst and point fingers
these dogs will be taken care of, enrichment, etc. Check your facts

Diane Mead

J. your are sick. No dog should suffer like that. Best Friend in Utah will help all they can and they know hundreds of shelters that will also help. Get a bit of faith in your life and find out what is going on in this world. Not all of it is sick.

Linda Robinson

You need to seek professional help(ie:Psych!)if you think that! I guess you are one of those "good old boys", that thinks hunting down and killing a living. breathing, feeling thing is a "sport". I hope someone locks you up and puts you in a ring to fight one of your buddies.


your comment and mind set is scary. It sounds like you support fighting you need to volunter to understand what is realy going on your glueless. Seek help