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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.



Roxanna Fuller

My yellow male lab has been missing for 6 weeks. How do I find out if he was one of the dogs found? We live in the Valley Alabama area, very close to Lee county.


Contact the Auburn, AL city police. They are taking down information for those who are looking for the lost or stolen dogs

jan noyes

god bless you now if they would only stsrt throwing the book at these jerks who do this and charge them with HUGE FINES AND JAIL TIME it would make a huge difference we ALL need to step up and participate even if its only trying to get better laws set via computers common people make a difference

Sarah Adams

What will happen to the dogs? Will they be adoptable?


i dont know about texas but in new york if they are not rescued in 2 weeks they get put down so i dont see how this is a good ending for the aimals


Elena, are you serious??? You think ending their life in a dog fighting ring torn to shreds or dying of thirst and starvation is a better ending for the dogs? It's ignorant statements and thinking such as this that creates what is wrong in our world.
If the dogs are not adopted, and MANY will be rescued and adopted, then they are HUMANELY treated and put down gently. HUNDREDS will receive medical treatment and live wonderful lives.
And there are MANY rescues in NY and TEXAS that give MUCH LONGER than 2 weeks.
WAKE UP PEOPLE! There is a LOT of good in this world that will come to the aide of situations such as this and IT GETS BETTER!


YOU are dreaming...these dogs won't have a chance unless one of the big organizations wants publicity.

Becky Patlan-Garcia

Many of these dogs will have a chance. There are plenty of rescues willing to step up and help the dogs that are able to be rehabed. Doesn't take a big organization, just a lot of little organizations.


Your forgetting about Mike Vick's dogs. These dogs deserve the same chance and I think they will get it.


Well even if they are put down, I agree with the prior comment-- being put down at a shelter is better than dehydrating to death, fighting to the death, or living for years in misery. I do hope that many are saved, though, and it's ENTIRELY possible!