A Look Back: Hundreds of Dogs Rescued from Fighting in 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 4:00pm
Tan pit bull standing in the snow attached to heavy chain

We love to hear happy adoption stories, and we were especially excited recently when adopter Terry G. reported that Kona, one of nearly 100 dogs we rescued from a life of fighting in March 2013, is thriving as a beloved pet in the suburbs of Chicago. We cared for this special pup after assisting in a federal dog fighting raid spanning Texas, Missouri and Kansas, and we’re thrilled that she is finally receiving the love she deserves.

Kona is just one of hundreds of former fighting dogs we assisted this year. In the March raid, the ASPCA worked alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the United States Attorney’s Office through a deadly blizzard. We transported the dogs—many of whom had been chained outdoors in freezing temperatures—to safety and worked around the clock to provide them with critical veterinary care.

Please take a moment to watch video footage from our multi-state dog fighting raid in March.

Sadly, this wasn’t our only encounter with large-scale dog fighting operations in 2013. In August, at the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), we assisted in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid of an operation throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. We rescued more than 360 dogs ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years, who had been left to suffer in extreme heat with no visible fresh water or food. Many were 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.

We’re so glad we were able to rescue so many dogs from dire situations this year, but we can’t stop now. Dog fighting is prevalent throughout the United States. Find out more about our work to end this cruel sport, and if you’re able, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. With your help, we’ll continue to work to give victims of animal cruelty the second chances they so desperately need.

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Those poor, poor dogs. Thank you to the ASPCA and the other orgs mentioned for their ongoing fight against the misery and cruelty and ignorance of dog fighting.


Thank you ASPCA!!!!!!!


i think that animal cruelty is horable and should never happen at all and pitbulls are just miss treated for who they are . PITBULLS are some of the sweetice dogs and i LOVE THEM


These poor dogs do not deserve this abuse. These humans that are involved in this barbaric system of cruelty should be sent to prison for a long long time. Things have got to change for these beautiful innocent animals. Thank you ASPCA and all of the organizations who protect our innocent animals. Victory for all animals. Animals rock.


i saw that and burst in to tears because animals deserve respect and ill help as much as possible 11 in ga


Dog,s need more shelter then they have in the winter snow I want all dog,s to be safe and warm. I wish they were all free from the snow and winter.


Dog,s are not post to be suffering in the super cold wether like this theory owner,s are crazy I can take care of them better


Dog,s are not post to be suffering in the super cold wether like this thery owner,s are crazy I can take care of them better


Thank you for all you do.....xxoo

Curious one

I applaud the ASPCA for its active role in the prevention of illegal dog fighting. I wonder since its an illegal sport practiced all over the world, would they ever consider organizing the sport for the purpose of becoming legal and accepted? Can it be done? The same can be said for boxing, wrestling and marijuana.