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Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust: Where Are the Dogs Now?

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:30am
Dog fighting victim attached to a heavy chain

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since more than 300 dogs were rescued from lives of misery and horror in one of the largest federal dog fighting busts in U.S. history. The August 2013 raid spanned Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas, and resulted in ten arrests and the rescue of 367 dogs, ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years.

The dogs were left to suffer in extreme heat, with no visible fresh water or food, and some were tethered by chains and cables attached to cinder blocks and car tires. 

Former dog fighting victim out on a walk
Timmy (FKA Cooper), placed by the Humane Society of Calvert County

What a difference a year makes. Thanks in large part to the incredible efforts of countless organizations* and volunteers, many of the dogs are now enjoying carefree lives of comfort in the loving arms of families who adore them. We’ve told you some of their stories (who can forget Timmy, the poster pup?) but to mark the one-year anniversary of the dogs’ freedom, we have a few more updates complete with adorable photos. Please enjoy and share these inspiring happy tails using the hashtag #367rescue

Former dog fighting victim wearing a purple flower lei

Arabelle
Sharon N. was volunteering with Plenty of Pit Bulls in Gainesville, Florida, when she heard about Arabelle, a senior dog and one of several who had been used as a breeder. “I have a soft spot for the seniors and couldn’t wait to meet her,” Sharon says. “It was love at first sight for both of us. I spent some time with her in her kennel and when I got up to leave, she got up and barked as if to say, ‘please don’t go.’” It was the first time since the rescue that anyone had heard Arabelle bark.  This lucky lady adores her new family, including her canine siblings, and loves life and everything it has to offer her. Sharon adds: “From the moment we arrived at the house, it was as if she had been waiting her whole life for a home of her own.”

Former dog fighting victim

Hope (FKA Mabel)
Mabel was one of six dogs recently transported to the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas to find her forever home. Mabel’s stay at Great Plains SPCA didn’t last long—three days after her arrival, Lisa G. saw Mabel on the local news station and immediately contacted the shelter expressing interest in adopting the rambunctious pooch. When Lisa saw that Mabel’s shelter ID collar read “923,” she smiled. It was the same as her birthday, 9/23. “It was meant to be,” says Lisa. “We just love her to pieces.”Mabel, now renamed Hope, spends her time with her canine sister, Jasmine, who was a rescued bait dog from a separate dog fighting case, and two human siblings along with Lisa and her husband. 

Dog fighting victim and new parents

Abby
Abby was 3-months-old when Tamara H. became her foster parent through Charleston Animal Society (CAS) last October. Tamara was told that Abby came from a cruelty case, but that the specifics couldn’t be disclosed. She knew it was likely a dog fighting case. Although Tamara already had two dogs—a Chow-Shepherd mix and a hound—and hadn’t planned on adopting another, she knew soon after bringing Abby home that she wouldn’t be able to give her back. When CAS contacted Tamara to ask if she would like to keep Abby or bring her back to CAS to be made available for adoption, Tamara came in immediately to sign the adoption papers and make her forever home official.

These dogs are all living in comfortable homes today because of your support. We couldn’t do it without you. Please help us continue to rescue animals from lives of abuse and cruelty.
 

Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust: Where Are the Dogs Now?
Credit: Plenty of Pitbulls

* We want to extend a special thanks to the many volunteers and organizations (listed below) that have partnered with us over the past year, especially those agencies that have adopted out more than 10 dogs from the case: Thank you, Humane Society of Calvert County, Charleston Animal Society, Humane Society of Pinellas, Plenty of Pitbulls and Atlanta Humane Society!

Alachua County Animal Services

Alachua Humane Society

American Humane Association

Animal Humane New Mexico

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire

Asheville Humane Society

Atlanta Humane Society

Cape Cod Dart

Capital Humane Society

Cat Depot

Cedar Bend Humane Society

Charleston Animal Society

Chautauqua Humane Society

Code 3

Davis County Animal Care and Control

Denver Dumb Friends League

FL DART

FL SARC

Great Plains SPCA

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Halifax Humane Society

Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Humane Society of Broward County

Humane Society of Calvert County

Humane Society of Charlotte

Humane Society of Greater Miami

Humane Society of Greater Savannah

Humane Society of Pinellas

Humane Society of South Mississippi

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Humane Society of Tulsa

IFAW

Kansas SART

Longmont Humane Society

Louisiana SPCA

Love-A-Bull

Margaret B. Mtichell Spay/Neuter Clinic

Mayday Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy

McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center

Medina County SPCA

Monadnock Humane Society

MSPCA

Nebraska Humane Society

New Hampshire SPCA

Oregon Humane Society

PAWS WA

Pit Bull Rescue Central

Pit Sisters

Plenty of Pitbulls

Quincy Humane Society

Rankin County Animal Shelter and Animal Control

Red Rover

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA

Santa Cruz Animal Services

Saving Slim Foundation

Southampton Animal Shelter

Southeast Missouri Humane Society

SPCA Tampa Bay

St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

St. Joseph Animal Control

Texas Humane Heroes

The Animal Support Project

The Bully Project

Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington SART

Wayside Waifs

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

Wisconsin Humane Society

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Janice

Can you tell me if EVERY dog was scanned for a microchip?

Rose

Janice, these dogs are from a multi-state dog fighting bust, they were not former pets. And yes, they were scanned for chips.

Rebecca

I think Janice's comment was because stealing family pets out of homes and backyards and using them for dog fighting is a growing epidemic. If one of these dogs could potentially be in that situation, it would be good to scan for a chip - just in case.

Jeanie

owere walking them, so I am happy to learn that they were all scanned. My heart really goes out to those who have had their beloved pets stolen; the fear that they might end up as bait dogs must be excruciating!

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Cheryl

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you!

Michy

THANK U~~~

Emma

Thank you from the heart to all these generous orgs. ALL the dogs are magnificent, but I confess to having a soft spot for the senior Arabelle. How wonderful that she gets to spend her golden years in peace and love.

jennifer

Awesome...thank you so much!

sue Deakin

I remember seeing the photo of the puppy on a huge chain, and how much it upset me for days, i'm so thrilled to see that these lovely dogs were saved and placed in loving homes, thank you for this great update and for all you do for animals.

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