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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.