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ASPCA Rescues 367 Dogs in Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:00pm
Breaking News: ASPCA Rescues 367 Dogs in Multi-State Dog Fighting Bust

At the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the ASPCA is on the ground assisting in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid across the southern U.S. Hundreds of dogs have been seized in the case along with suspected dog fighting paraphernalia.

After a three-year investigation initiated by the Auburn Police, 13 search warrants were executed Friday morning, Aug. 23, throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. Ten suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges. Federal and local officials also seized firearms and drugs, as well as more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities that took place over the course of the investigation.

The dogs, ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years, had been left to suffer in extreme heat with no visible fresh water or food. Many are 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.

ASPCA responders and responders from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) helped manage the removal and transport of the dogs to temporary emergency shelters in undisclosed locations, where responders are providing veterinary care and behavior enrichment. Responders also assisted authorities with collecting forensic evidence to be submitted for prosecution.

Other animal welfare groups assisting with the operation include Florida State Animal Response Coalition and Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team (Bushnell, Fla.); University of Florida (Gainesville); Humane Society of South Mississippi (Gulfport); International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.); Asheville Humane Society (Asheville, N.C.); Charleston Animal Society (Charleston, S.C.); Louisiana SPCA (New Orleans); American Humane Association (Washington, D.C.); Greater Birmingham Humane Society (Birmingham, Ala.); Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.); PetSmart Charities (Phoenix, Ariz.); Code 3 Associates (Longmont, Colo.); and Montgomery Humane Society (Montgomery, Ala.).

Our responders are still on the ground, and we’ll provide updates as the case unfolds. Stay tuned to for more news to come. Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #367rescue.

Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Together we can save animals from lives of abuse.



linda Whitaker

how can I send a pic of my Furbaby whom we feel was stolen to see if he was one of the dog's found in this fighting ring he went missing Aug 4th 2012and have and still are looking for him we have a 2,500.00 reward for his return if he is one of the babies in your custody will release the reward to your organization.
Thank you for your help and for all your org. does for the babies.. I myself am very active in our local shelters


I sure hope that all of you who are missing dogs are able to find out if they are among that. Sad life your baby would have lived, but wouldnt it be wonderful to have him back home and safe. Praying for you to find him.

Sandra Windmeyer

This makes me cry. God loves his animals.


No he doesn't, or this wouldn't have been allowed to happen in the first place. God allows the innocent to suffer and die and the wicked to walk free and sow chaos. How many years did this go on and how dogs weren't saved? The leaders the the ring will surely see justice, but how many patrons and supports won't even have a warrant out for them?

Diane Mead

God does not allow this to happen, people have free choice in Gods world and you see the choice they made. It is now up to us to try and make it right. Don't blame God, blame the a..Holes who do this kind of thing.


Then it is not gods doing that saved them. Don't give god credit for something he didn't. The people and local police department are the only ones to thank for saving these animals.


But God created us and we do what he sent us to do. so technically it was God's doing

Lori Skelley Follis

It is not God's doing it is MAN! We have choices the animals don't. It wasn't the dog that said, "Hey, let me fight and live in this mess!" It is MAN who chooses craziness and then puts the animal in harms way. HuMANs are the issue!


Oh I see. God does all the good stuff, and man does all the bad stuff. That fits so handily into my preconceived notions of how a god should work, thanks!


J.B................What a damn Moron. Who makes your decisions??? Too manly to say you do?.Man is given a choice. The helpless, are not. Someday......this to will come. Close your eyes for the last time, NO EXCUSES, NO LIES, NO....well I thought. Now that fits well into "Your" Preconceived notions on how God works. YES, Man does do all the bad stuff,,,,It's a choice! We all have choices, That's a gift. How you use those choices is up to each person & each soul. Hopefully, someday you will see it. Maybe you have, & it's been ignored.