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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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Comments

Tricia

Glad they were rescued- even if some are so emotionally scarred they will need to be humanely put down- it's better than the alternative had they not been rescued.

Victoria Reeve

You didn't actually comprehend Elena's comment, obviously, since there was no mention AT ALL that remaining in the dog fighting world would be better for the dogs. A very accurate observation was made - that is is unlikely that there will be a good ending for these dogs. Shelters all over North America are jammed beyond capacity, as are most rescues. And, really - how often do you see the ASPCA fighting for the rehabilitation of fighting dogs? For the adoption of these dogs? Not ever. One would HOPE that these poor dogs would be given a chance, but the odds are very much against that happening.

Anonymous

Amen I totally Agree worked in Rescue for many yrs. So what you are saying is very true. Also if some of these dogs because of how they were treated shows signs of Aggression no fault of their own mind you ,if they are put down its better then the Hell they are living now. it will be with love n humane

Evilprevailsonearth

Dogs are not put down gently. Some are still alive when they are thrown on the trash heap.

Donna

I don't know where you live, but I think if I was you, I'd be raising hell if animals were being disposed of in such a manner as you describe! I have worked with rescues for more than 40 years, and while I have seen some very disturbing situations, my experience is that euthanasia is a calm and humane end.

Kathleen Gentile

Leslie,are YOU serious???? The comment above was not a ignorant statement. These poor dogs lived a horrible violent life and now they will more than likely die a violent death in some shelter. It's great that some people are going to jail but after these large groups get their moment of fame and all this blows over, past history of these "rescues"have shown that most are not adopted and will not be living wonderful lives.

Barb Prasow

I dont think you understood Elena. From what I read, she is against dog fighting and that in New York State if the dogs are not in rescue or adopted out within 2 weeks they put the dogs down. Not a good outcome for the dogs EITHER. Im totally against dog fighting as well, but dont believe they should be put down within 2 weeks like they do in NY. I believe thats what Elena is saying as well. Im hoping they can find homes for each and every one of the dogs they took from those...... well I cant say the word on here. I not only hope they can find homes for them and rehab the ones that need it, but I pray they can find homes for them all. Soooo many of those poor babies.

Renea

I agree with you, Leslie. How can anyone say it is better that these innocent dogs die living under the conditions as they were than a small chance of surviving when they are taken in by a shelter. With this publicity they are bound to be rescued by larger facilities. Elena, it was ignorant comment, sorry.

Diane Mead

Our organization is a no kill, we do NOT put them down. and I agree with Leslie, humane euthanization is much better than being ripped to shreds.

Janet Withers

Leslie, You misread Elena's Comment, Please re-read it!

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