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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Mary Emmons

Keep up the good work! I hope someday stupid humans stop this brutal treatment of man's bestfriend! These poor dogs don't want to fight, they just want to please their owners. I can't believe anyone would even watch it! I hope the furbabies can be saved and find loving forever homes to live out their lives peacefully. The sad part is it takes so long to bust these outfits and then another year or more to assess the poor babies, before they can even be placed. I guess we have to keep a positive outlook to the fact that at least they are not forced to fight any longer and are not tortured. I think the penalties need to be higher for this and maybe more of these losers would quit doing it. Look at Vick, a short sentence, a slap on the hand, and he is still playing professional football. I hope the stories are not true and that all of these dogs will be destroyed. We need follow up stories on cases like this.


Don't know much about Detroit, but I hope they don't have one of those judges who give animal abusers a $20 fine and 20 hours of community service. Great work SPCA.


Go Wisconsin and now the other states need to act now. Place these stupid uncaring criminals in jail for life. Have them do community work for the rest of their lives and see what they have done to the precious animals that I have loved and will continue to fight for.


Thank God for the ASPCA for saving these dogs. They can be re-hilbilitated and adopted out. If the Michael Vic dogs can be, so can any of them. They best not put them down. Please keep us updated on them....these poor babies deserve a good home. Thank you for saving them....please make sure those scum bags get ALOT of prison time!!!!!


I have lived next door to one of the houses for the past 9 years. In that time the house was raided 3 times. So it takes more the just a COUPLE OF YEARS to take these people down. Why?! I don't know. My second year in my house one of the dogs somehow got over the 6 foot privacy fence and into my year and attacked my little dog. She end up having to be put down due to the extensive injuries. That was the only attack I had with there dog but just last year when I was walking my dogs a next pitbull jumped out of his house window ran across the street up the block and grabbed hold of my dog. He played dead and when the dog let him go he ran all the way back home which was maybe 8 blocks. Even with treatment he ended up dying 3 days later due to the injuries and swelling he suffered. The officer was no help I had to call his Supervisor to get a police report a few days after my dog died. Oh the owner? She was USELESS talking about my dog is a loving dog he only wanted to play. So to say the least yes it is annoying and a slow process....

Jane de Haan

Good work! thank you for persisting because this investigation taking so long must have been sickening! I am so happy with my t shirts I bought from you that I can show that I really love animals! Hope to help and find people to adopt the dogs!


No one can rest until every damn dog fighting atrocity is shut down and the poor animals rescued from these cruel morons. This is another success against ignorance and cruelty and we are indebted to the heroes who rescued the dogs.


It was no suprise about this to me anyway. I always thought this crap was going on there.I have a pitbull that I THANK GOD adopted there, you see I seen first hand and the aspca should looks into this. Shelters in wisconsin will and do let people of questionable character adopt animals. I am in the military and was a instructor in chicago. I lived in pleasant prairie for three years. I have seen first hand how a majority of the people who live in that state treat there animals. It was so hard on me to try to help these animals especially when you call the local police and be told to stop calling. Then when they do show up iam called a california liberal. and that this is the way its done wasn't just here. ALL of the people there are like this. This state DOES NOT care about animals. But what do you expect from a state that produces the most serial killers in the US. The point of all of is to transfer as many homeless animals possible out of that state. If people reading this do not belive any of thish I wrote.. I plead with you go to wisconsin. See first hand what I have seen for careful.


I am sickened and saddened by this situation. I love pit bulls and their abuse sickens me. But your statement is about the pet owners of WI is uncalled for. I am sorry for your experience but as a resident of WI and a veterinary assistant for 13 years I can tell you that your experience does not encompass my state and is not representative of dog owners in WI. I am sorry that where you lived sounds like it wasn't the best area and had an obviously either negligent or overworked police force. I see rescues and pet owners in WI go above and beyond for their pets everyday.


Dog fighting is a felony now what we must ensure is that the judges do not go soft on these vicious people that see this as a sport. I don't want these people near me or in my neighborhood. These people are dangerous. A mandatory sentence must be put in place so it is understood your first offense will be years in jail with no time off for good behavior and no plea deals.