Breaking News: Dog Fighting Bust in Wisconsin

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:45pm
Breaking News: Dog Fighting Bust in Wisconsin

The ASPCA is currently on the ground assisting the Milwaukee Police Department and the District Attorney of Milwaukee County with a multi-site dog fighting raid in the City of Milwaukee. Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission is transporting, sheltering and caring for the dogs.

Today, eight search warrants were executed at eight crime scenes, where 23 suspected fighting dogs were seized. Investigators also discovered blood on basement walls as well as other evidence of dog fighting, including treadmills, wound treatment supplies and muscle building supplements.

Experts from the ASPCA Field Investigations & Response (FIR) team are on hand to assist with evidence collection and documentation. The ASPCA has been assisting local authorities with this dog fighting investigation for nearly a year.

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Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ASPCA is committed to eradicating the blood sport. We have designated April 8 as the first National Dog Fighting Awareness Day to advance the conversation about dog fighting, and to encourage animal lovers across the country to take action against this brutal form of cruelty.

Please join the movement and take a stand. And stay tuned to for more information about this developing case.

Pictured above is one of hundreds of dogs rescued from a previous federal dog fighting bust across the Southern U.S. in August 2013. 

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loca dennysay i

Nikki, that is so true ppl (monsters) will pay, karma .. theey will burn in hell. i been saving animals for years & i'll to it till i can't do it anymore.. every 60 seconds our lit furry animals are beaten bczz someoneis having a bad day.

Sharon in Bel A...

I hope these people will. Ought to put them in a ring and be tortured like the animals. These animals were given to us for comfort; not for someone's cruelty.


That's right!

Several years ago my husband and I received a puppy that had been rescued with a litter of newborn puppies dumped by the roadside and left alone (Without the protection of mother dog) to die. We named her Ginger.

Shortly after Ginger begun loosing all of her hair and after we attempted to treat her for mange and our efforts failed we took her to a vet. As we were carrying her inside everyone in the vet clinic gave us that look as if to tell us to put her to sleep due to all of her hair loss.

We did not do that but we did put her under vet treatment and Prayed for The Lord's Healing for her body and life. (There is a scripture in the Bible which speaks of The Lord's preservation of man and beast).

Very slowly (With some relapses) Ginger begun to mend. One thing lead to the other and today Ginger is well, spoiled rotten, and loves to run on our country property. Looking at Ginger today one would never imagine that she had been near death when we first got her. The vet told us that dogs get this type of mange if their immune systems are run down.

On one occasion I was doing my best to prepare for a really hard rain storm that was about to hit us when I heard Ginger barking in such a way as to warn us that something was not right outside. I opened our front door to check for what was wrong and discovered that (Ginger's daddy) my husband had left his truck lights on! If she had not barked and warned us of this then my husband would have lost the battery on his truck and this was during a time that we would not have been able to do anything about this. Our only other vehicle could not be driven at this time!


When I sent this I forgot to state that at night Ginger curls up in bed (With her head across our arms) and keeps us very warm at night. She is always on the lookout for any danger that attempts to come our way so that she can protect both of us.

When I go in to work on our computer Ginger is always right next to my foot and keeps me company during this time.

Kandice Alexander

"humanely disposed of" is usually a euphemism for euthanized. Bad Rap in San Francisco was able to rehab most of the Michael Vick dogs but Bad Rap is one of just a few rescues who even try to rehab fighting dogs to be rehomed. The numbers of dogs used in fighting makes it next to impossible that they will ever find a home. I am in rescue and know many, many others who are in rescue and they would all tell you how hard it is to find a good home for a dog of any kind that was never used in fighting much less one who was. With Breed Specific Legislation severely limiting the number of homes a Pit Bull can go to and the reputation (which I believe is unwarranted) many breeds of dog have, there are few homes where these dogs could go. Add in insurance companies that will not insure a home if certain breeds of dog live there, landlords and homeowners avoid the bully breeds because they have to have home-owners insurance. The future of dogs used in fighting is bleak indeed. Best thing to do is lay SEVERE consequences on dog fighters, consequences that will offset the huge amounts of money that can be made by fighting dogs. Enormous fines coupled with serious prison time would help. It is now a felony to attend a dog fight, but they have to be caught to be charged.


So glad they were saved, it breaks my heart to think of all the other dogs suffering who have yet to be found. I truly hope they get a chance at life as these dogs have gotten. The people who do this will pay and their souls will be tortured, either in this life or another.

Karen Pauli

I live in Milwaukee. I always felt there was dog fighting, but I never saw any evidence I could report. It's difficult to build a case against something like this. I grateful to the authorities for persevering for however long it took. We have to make it clear to criminals that this activity WILL NOT be tolerated!!!


Thank you for all you do! I'm so proud to be a monthly donator knowing that my money is helping to stop this horrible sport. God Bless.


Me too!!! Not only to them, but Michigan Humaine Society, too

Rachel Gillmon

Thank you ASPCA for all that you do.
There are so many of us that stand behind you. God really does still make good people :)
Keep up the good fight! God bless you all!