A Look Back: Hundreds of Dogs Rescued from Fighting in 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 4:00pm
Tan pit bull standing in the snow attached to heavy chain

We love to hear happy adoption stories, and we were especially excited recently when adopter Terry G. reported that Kona, one of nearly 100 dogs we rescued from a life of fighting in March 2013, is thriving as a beloved pet in the suburbs of Chicago. We cared for this special pup after assisting in a federal dog fighting raid spanning Texas, Missouri and Kansas, and we’re thrilled that she is finally receiving the love she deserves.

Kona is just one of hundreds of former fighting dogs we assisted this year. In the March raid, the ASPCA worked alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the United States Attorney’s Office through a deadly blizzard. We transported the dogs—many of whom had been chained outdoors in freezing temperatures—to safety and worked around the clock to provide them with critical veterinary care.

Please take a moment to watch video footage from our multi-state dog fighting raid in March.

Sadly, this wasn’t our only encounter with large-scale dog fighting operations in 2013. In August, at the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), we assisted in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid of an operation throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. We rescued more than 360 dogs ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years, who had been left to suffer in extreme heat with no visible fresh water or food. Many were 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.

We’re so glad we were able to rescue so many dogs from dire situations this year, but we can’t stop now. Dog fighting is prevalent throughout the United States. Find out more about our work to end this cruel sport, and if you’re able, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. With your help, we’ll continue to work to give victims of animal cruelty the second chances they so desperately need.

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Tell the truth

These people kill more dogs than they do save!! They killed 30 dogs in new york 2 weeks ago and this week killed 30 more! I cant believe you people think these are the good guys


These poor dogs made me cry just seeing this video breaks my heart. Thank you ASPCA for saving them!


I would just LOVE the opportunity to help conquer the fight of saving these innocent animals and put justice to work implementing punishment for all those involved, it sickens my soul to witness that amount of abuse to such a forgiving, loving animal! Each dog in this short clip wagged their tail as they saw human beings not knowing if good or bad, but that there was the possibility of being loved, priceless, just priceless. I would love to physically help in any way I can!


OMIGOSH!!! D: That is one of the saddest videos ever! I wish that I was there so I could save them from their owner! D;

aussie owner

I applaud the aspca for all they do to help animals but I'm a little bit disappointed in your recent commercials. It burns me to my soul to see what ppl do to their animals but do you really have to make people feel like if they don't send money the animal will die. Watching your commercials has become intolerable and makes those who just don't have the means to help right now like a horrible person. I have supported the aspca for years but I'm not able to this year.


Well said.

Harley Mae

That is sad!!! thankyou ASPCA for being there for those dogs.



jackiie (anonyme)

What courage these men and women have to save these poor dogs. the climate is cold and unbearable.


Thank You so much for saving all these poor babys god bless you all i pray that all the fighting rings are shut down for good some day thank you for being there voices <3