Tiny Pup with Rusted, Heavy Collar Rescued in Dog Fighting Bust

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:45am
Puppy being held by ASPCA responder

ASPCA responders are still on the ground in the Southern U.S. caring for hundreds of dogs recovered in a multi-state dog fighting bust late last week.

We’re happy to report that these dogs are undergoing veterinary care and behavioral assessments, and for the first time, will begin to experience life without being forced to fight.

The atrocities of dog fighting are never easy for us to stomach. Many of the dogs we rescued in the raid had been forced to wear heavy collars. As ASPCA responders worked to remove the collars, they came to an especially tiny pup. The metal buckle on his collar had rusted and could not be undone. Even bolt cutters could not cut through the metal, and eventually, the collar had to be gently cut open with a knife. Finally, this small pup was free from the burden of the rusted collar that he should never have been forced to wear.

With your support, we’ll continue to provide the rescued dogs with the extensive attention they so desperately need. Stay tuned to for more news to come. Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #367rescue.

Thank you for helping us support victims of animal cruelty nationwide.

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Beth Tatum

There is a bill before Congress now that will make it a federal offense to ATTEND a dog fight, and the penalty will increase it you take a minor to a dog fight. I hope the bill passes soon!


i like that idea too Diana... PLEASE let me put the chains on them. Another idea too bad we can't make them the victims IN a dog fight. I will gladly open my door to a pup

Beth Tatum

Part of this rescue took place in the county I live in in Alabama. I had no idea there was dog fighting in Lee County. It sickens me to think that these innocent animals were forced to fight for their lives so close to my home. I am very muched relieved to know these sweet dogs will never know fear again. I pray for their recovery and for all the organizations that took place in their rescue.


I only wish "an eye for an eye". God bless all of the wonderful teams (ASPCA etc ) that save these beautiful and loving creatures from the hell they were living. Each of you are wonderful and caring individuals and you have our admiration. You will always have our support.


Has this puppy been adopted? Do we know where he is currently located? I would be interested in fostering or possibly adopting. I can be reached at [email protected] Thanks.


That is just sad who would do something to a little puppy like that and just let the dog sit there and not give them food or water. ASPCA will save not hurt and most animal shelters kill!!