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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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Phila

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.

Cindy

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.

christy

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.

Brenda

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.

Kelly

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.

william

I'm a volunteer at the ASPCA in Manhattan. You are 100% wrong about the dogs being killed in two weeks. The "A" is a no kill shelter. They will not put a dog down unless it is the humane thing to do. They have pets that have been there for well over a year and longer and they still aredoing their best to get them adopted.
You might be thinking of the CACC. They are a kill shelter. Please don't confuse the two.

Stacey

The dogs will have to remain in custody as evidence. Trials like this can take months to years to complete. The dogs from the last large fighting right the ASPCA busted in California are still (months later) sitting in county shelter taking up space and causing adoptable dogs to be euthanized daily, including litters of puppies. Would be nice if the ASPCA supported local shelters, especially when dumping numerous dogs on them.

C

The way around the ASPCA's lack of support of local shelters is to donate directly to the local shelters and not to the national ASPCA. When I donate I make my donation directly to our local shelter.

Justin

yea thats what i would like to know if could get one of those puppies so he could goof off with my other dog

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