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.




I agree with Patti, sorry. A shockingly small amount of the money donated to HSUS actually goes to helping animals, and the one or two shelters they actually operate have very, very high kill rates. In huge organizations such as these that lobby our government and write legislation we should be demanding transparency and accountability in their actions. There are a lot of things that don't add up with HSUS. Please keep an open mind and question everything.

Victoria Reeve

Anyone who has been around the rescue community for any length of time knows the track record - and Patti is right: it isn't good. Want proof? Do your due diligence.


to all above I use to give to the HSUS but NEVER will they get another dime from my pocket why let me tell you in 2010 a few counties over from me was a permanent Pit Bull fighting ring the old man that owned it died ( I TRULY HOPE HE IS IN THE DEEPEST BOWLS OF HELL WITH LOG CHAINS AROUND HIS SLIMY NECK A THOUSAND TIMES HIS WEIGHT) i FOSTER FOR A very GOOD RESCUE his pardner in this horrific crime let him lay in his trailer for 2 weeks while he tryed to remove any evidence that pointed to him but he let his mouth over load his A** and was arrested will now here is the sad part the HSUS came in and greathered all the evidence and promised the law enforcement officers that they would be right there with all this evidence to help put this other peice of slime away well when the time came guess what the HSUS was a NO SHOW and now that piece of sh** is back out there without as much as a smack on the Hand so Please " DO NOT DEFEND THEM TO ME " by the way there was 32 dogs there all of them were pitties except 5 one mountain cur and 4 beagles I fostered these beagles for months while they recover from the horror these 5 dogs had log chains around their necks they could barely drag and collars that looked like the ones they put around elephants legs . how do I know this because I went there and rescued the beagles and saw all the sicking sh** that took place there. for weeks I cryed watching these dogs as I rehab them the GOOD NEWS they are all in loving homes . I also fostered a pit at the same time so I'm not against Pitties NO MEAN DOGS ARE BORN INTO THIS WORLD MAN MAKES THEM THAT WAS PITS WERE ACTUALLY FARM DOGS BEFOR SOME SICK BASTA** DECIED TO MAKE THEM FIGHT. I'm done now


Luckily, not all shelters and rescue groups have such short time limits! These dogs will probably need rehab, and shelters are a terrible place for that, so many, if not most, will probably go in to foster.


Usually, they have to hold them because they are part of the criminal case. The article says they getting vet care and rehab, hopefully that's true.


Elena hopefully everything that can possibly be done with these animals will be done but even if some of them are found to be unadoptable, being humanely euthanized is 100% better than being mauled to death by another dog or worse, killed in an unspeakable manner by their handler.


i agree cindy its sad that the dogs ever had to go through this situation but being involved in fighting is no kind of life for any dog, and it just continues to give the breed a bad name.


The key word here is "humanely" euthed. Sadly many shelters do not do it "humanely"

Helen O'Donoghue

What the heck are you thinking...they have been in a dangerous place and now they are out of that. Many will be re trained and find good homes. This is what helping is all about.


I can't say with any certainty, but I don't think they can be put to sleep (nor adopted) while there is a pending case in the courts involving them. That will surely allow them more time to rehabilitate and find homes for them.