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ASPCA Rescues 20 Dogs in NYPD Dog Fighting Bust

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 2:00pm
ASPCA responder holding emaciated pit bull

A sign on the door of the house reportedly read “Premises is perilous to life,” and it was not a joke or an exaggeration. When the ASPCA and the NYPD entered the Queens home on Thursday, July 31, what we found was horrific—and heartbreaking.

Multiple dogs, many of whom were emaciated, scarred, and wearing heavy chains, were found without access to food or water. A bloody treadmill—a tool used to train dogs for fighting—weighted harnesses, steroids, syringes and other dog fighting paraphernalia were found in the home. At least one dog had deep scratch marks raked across its face.

Uniformed NYPD patrol officers from the 113th Precinct responded immediately to a complaint of dog fighting, called the ASPCA helpline, and less than 24 hours later both the NYPD and ASPCA—with the assistance of NYPD’s newly appointed Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad—were able to mobilize resources. Siblings Addison Holder, 44, and Keisha Hall, 33, are currently facing charges of animal fighting, unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine and felony drug possession, and are each being held on $100,000 bail. A third defendant was arrested on Wednesday, August 6.

The ASPCA has taken custody of the 20 canine victims found in the home. They are now receiving food, water, enrichment and love—many for the first time in their lives.

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“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” says Matthew Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “Through our partnership, the ASPCA and the NYPD are determined to protect New York City’s animals from this form of cruelty and bring their abusers to justice.”

We are committed to helping these dogs heal, both physically and emotionally, but we need your support now more than ever. When you make a gift today, you will help provide these dogs with the urgent care they so desperately need, and you’ll help us continue to rescue victims of animal cruelty across the country.

These dogs and so many other animals deserve a chance at a better life. Please make a donation today.

ASPCA responder holding emaciated pit bull

ASPCA Rescues 20 Dogs in NYPD Dog Fighting Bust

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sharon robertson

throw the book at them

dana drew

May they get the same...Karma is a bitch!

Judy

You bet it is and may it start sooner than the next life.

Karlyn Andrews

Lets get their address and help KARMA along

Nedra

Love your comment. Wish we could do that to those so called humans what they do and did to those beautiful helpless animals.

Naila

I will lead the force against these $%^&* people!! They need to suffer for all they have inflicted on these dear animals! Thank you, EVERYONE, who speaks up and assists in saving these dogs!! Bless you all!!

Aruba

We could call ourselves the "Wolverines."

Nikki Schoessow

I want to join please also postthe identity and if anyone can find pictures mug shots whatever it takes of these bastards accross Facebook and all social media evertime they are found!!!!!!!!!!!!!! starting with these blacklist from getting any animals accross the USA and beyond

Kathryn

Public shaming......bring it on!!!!! Then make them live in the same conditions and see how they like it.

Pam

Their pictures, their addresses and their crimes against our beloved animals need to be plastered all over Facebook!

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