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.



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.


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!

Patti Calvert

They usually have to be held until the legal proceedings are finished, they custody is given to the county or state. After that there fate will be decided. Often they are not available for adoption, but licensed rescues can step in to rescue and adopt. Unfortunately, neither the HUSU or the ASPCA have great track records for actually saving the animals. They are usually in it to get the publicity to raise more funds for their coffers and the animals are dumped at local kill shelters that often kill all of the animals in their "shelters" to make room. Check out this link for more information and for ways you can help.


That is a truly ignorant statement to make, Patti, regarding the ASPCA and the HUSU. Unless you have proof of that, please don't make statements like that. Some of the rescued dogs will be unadoptable, but many will be adoptable and will be adopted.

Patti Calvert

There is an incredible amount of proof about what the HSUS and the ASPCA do with their money and how much they actually "help" the animals. I'm not talking about the independent local branches, but the main HSUS and ASPCA have a horrible track record. Do some research on this subject before you call my comments ignorant. As non for profits all of the information is a matter of public record, you just have to look and not blindly accept their tear jerking ads. Check out what some of the heads of these organizations make and look for the huge percentage of donations that go to "administration", and how little actually goes to the animals.

Patti Calvert
These are just a few of the links that discuss some of the corruption in both the HSUS and ASPCA. Sorry if you have to copy and paste, I don't usually get involved in internet chats, but I feel very strongly about animal rights and about people that take advantage of animals and of the pubic to line their own pockets. Wake up Sharon!


Patti, check out the ASPCA's profile on Charity Navigator, a non-profit which rates charities. The ASPCA looks completely legitimate to me and the salary of their CEO is a small percentage of their annual income.


Interesting to me that the CEO of Wells Fargo can make $20 million and does nothing to help anybody that I know of, but if the CEO of ASPCA makes 1/2 a million while spending 85 million on programs, it's a scandal. You need to wake up Patti!