Second Largest Dog Fighting Raid in U.S. History Rescues 367 Dogs

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dograidLast Friday the second largest dog fighting raid in U.S history rescued 367 dogs and led to the arrest of 12 people from several different states.

Federal and state officers served search warrant on Friday in Alabama and Georgia. They seized pit bulls from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and recovered over $500,000 in cash that is believed to be tied to illegal gambling on dog fights.

The defendants face several charges related to dog fighting and gambling. Each charge carries up to five years in prison. The raids are the result of a three-year investigation involving state, local and federal agencies.

“I believe if Dante were alive today and rewriting the ‘Inferno’ that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and our children,” U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday at a news conference announcing the arrests.

Many of the rescued dogs were emaciated and wounded and found chained with no access to food and water. Officials with the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States are helping to care for the 367 seized dogs at undisclosed locations. The dogs will have to be kept as evidence while the case is in progress.

21 thoughts on “Second Largest Dog Fighting Raid in U.S. History Rescues 367 Dogs”

  1. I am a member of Heartland Small Animal Rescue in Indiana. We are a very small group with no physical shelter. We are so proud that 2 of our members participated in this rescue. They told us they were going on “vacation”. The very best vacation that those poor dogs were ever going to be a part of! It doesn’t matter how big or small your group is, you can be a part of great things. A great big thank you to all the groups & people who planned this. I hope those arrested get life!

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    • How would one go about fostering one of these puppies? I’m sure they are going to need homes for these poor babies at least until trial.

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      • Hi. I used to foster for two separate rescues in Canada. To foster, I had to contact the rescues and volunteer my service. They sent an application form asking about our family, our home and our resident and present fosters. Details about previous pets, and where they are now, how long we had them and our experience with dogs. One veterinary reference was required and two personal references. They sent the nearest volunteer to my home to check out the house, they yard and the neighbourhood. They watched how my young daughter (3 at the time we first fostered) interacted with the animals we have. If she had been an ear or tail puller we probably wouldn’t have been approved. The things about these particular dogs, is that right now, they are probably not really suited for family life. Yet. My fosters were puppy mill rescues, not fighting rescues and not one of them was housebroken. There will likely be not only housebreaking issues, but aggression issues for all of these dogs rescued from the fighting ring. As an foster, you are responsible for all the dogs expenses. The rescue will advertise that the dog is available for adoption, and handle the enquiries for you. I found that it was easier to get the fosters out in my community, so people could get to see them and know them. When someone expressed an interest in adoption I directed them to the rescue’s website. You can find a lot of rescues in your area on the Petfinder website.

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        • Thank You for the info. I have contacted someone I found on the site.
          I have three rescue dogs now. One of who sadly will probably not be around much longer due to age. She is also deaf. She lived her younger years in a cage having puppies.
          I have a large fenced yard. I also live close to my work so I am able to check on my babies often.
          I hope who ever (biting my tongue so I won’t say what I would really like to call them) had these poor puppies gets a sentence of at least 10 years PER DOG

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  2. I hope that the monies seized will go toward care for these dogs. They’ve certainly earned it. However, I’m doubtful it will.

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  3. I agree 5yrs is not enough, an eye for an eye. And yes that money brings to the help for those dogs rescued, it’s theirs they earned it! And to many other rescues centers.

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  4. Dog fighting is a criminal activity of organized crime, it includes, gun rubbing, money laundering, gambling, prostitution , child molestation,among other cruel & negative activities. It brings down the neighbor hoods & areas it is in. Thank-you to all who helped this rescue to happen. Please join the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the US, PETA , they need you, they need the numbers & they all do great work to help animals & to get needed laws protecting animals & people passed.

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