January 16, 2015

Remaining Defendants Receive Sentences in Historic Dog Fighting Case

Remaining Defendants Receive Sentences in Historic Dog Fighting Case

In November, Alabama courts made history by handing down a record-breaking eight-year sentence in a federal dog fighting case. Now, the remaining two defendants in the case—which marked the second-largest dog fighting bust in U.S. history—have received their sentences, and the news is just as exciting.

The remaining defendants were sentenced for dog fighting offenses and ordered to pay restitutions totaling nearly $2 million to the ASPCA for the care of the dogs seized. The ASPCA is grateful to Assistant U.S. Attorney Clark Morris of the Office of the U.S. Attorney George L. Beck for prosecuting this case to the fullest extent of the law and ensuring that those responsible for the torture of hundreds of animals received due justice.

After more than a year of care from the ASPCA, hundreds of dogs seized during this case have finally moved on to the second chapters of their lives and are now living in loving homes. We hope that this historic case will send a message to those involved in dog fighting that these activities will not be tolerated in our community.

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ASPCA FIR responder tending to puppy on dog fighting raid