BREAKING NEWS: ASPCA Assists in the Rescue of 23 Dogs from North Carolina Dog Fighting Investigation

September 30, 2015


Update: View our video below for footage from this operation and for a closer look at many of the dogs we rescued in the process.

At the request of the Huntersville Police Department, the ASPCA is assisting with the rescue and removal of 23 pit bulls allegedly housed and fought at a property in Huntersville, North Carolina. The Animal Care & Control Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is also working to support local authorities with the investigation.

A search warrant was executed the morning of Tuesday, September 29, when responders discovered dogs tethered to heavy chains and living in filthy conditions. Some were thin and exhibited scars, bite marks, broken teeth and other injuries commonly associated with dog fighting. Sixteen adult dogs and seven puppies were removed from the property. Dog fighting paraphernalia, including training devices, indoor and outdoor fighting pits and medication common to treating wounds associated with dog fighting were also found on the property.


“Dog fighting victims live terribly isolated lives and are subjected to horrific acts of cruelty,” said Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.

The dogs are being transported to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they will be provided medical care and behavioral enrichment by ASPCA responders until custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA is working closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure the best legal outcome for these animals, but their situation is urgent and we need your help right now.


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