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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.




Angela, You are asleep. This is a huge story. People will come forward to help, i.e. donations. There are thousands of animal rescue groups that dedicate their time to rehabbing dogs and finding homes. You clearly have never done any type of selfless work in your life. Have you ever volunteered? My guess would be NO.


Seriously, why are people on these boards so mean and quick to jump down other people's throats? What ever happened to courtesy?


You could not be more wrong! Best Friends took in Vick's fighting pits and adopted out almost all. READ, RESEARCH before you make these statements.Best Friends does not need the publicity. Limited minds, limited thinking.


You are so wrong! Best Friends took in Vick's dogs and they have been adopted out to loving families. Read, research before you make these statements. Limited mind, limited thinking.


The dogs that were rescued from Michael Vic were taken to BEst Friends and many were rehabed and adopted out. They will step in. They are an amazing organization. The dogs that cant be adopted out after rehab will say at the sanctuary.


Angela, you have a very cynical attitude. Don't be part of the part of the solution. My community, Huntsville, is working to be the first Alabama city to become a NO KILL COMMUNITY. There are always instances where a dog cannot be saved, but that is rare. Why don't you use your energy and resources for supporting the same movement in your community. You may be surprised what you find.


Leslie - I think you misunderstood Elena. I don't believe she was saying that leaving them with the fighters were preferable to EU. I understood her to say that being EU'd was a sad way for their lives to end. She would hope that they were able be adopted by a family and live out the rest of their natural lives in peace. Perhaps I'm wrong, but that's what I read from her comment.


When the Michael Vick bust happened there were 50 or 60 something dogs seized...a few had to be put down due to medical conditions and the rest were adopted. There ended up being 22-23 of them that were not deemed "adoptable" at the time so they were shipped to Utah to a place called Best Friends animal sanctuary. Some of the Vick dogs still live there today and are loved dearly by the Best Friends staff and volunteers. Some of those 22-23 dogs were adopted...they just needed time to heal. Georgia who was Vick's most prized fighter was adopted earlier this year. Since the Vick case the amount of people and rescues that will step forward to help is just CRAZY and SO SO AWESOME. So don't think that most of these dogs will be euthanized...unfortunately some will be due to the harsh life in which they lived, weather it be medical or psychological. But thankfully many of these dogs will go on to have wonderful lives.


isn't m.vick on tv? daily or am imistaken w/kelly rippa WTH HK


I LOVE bestfriends!! Theyre the best. I volunteer at there Los Angeles shelters and theyre no kill getting all dogs and cats from city (kill shelters). they do so much for animals.