These people had $500,000 and kept these poor poor dogs in inhumane conditions without shelter, food, water, or even medical care! I do not and CANNOT understand this being called a sport or ANYONE thinking this is entertaining. Obviously there are a lot of people who feel that way from the money that was confiscated. Thank God the dogs were rescued and on the road to rehabilitation. They can be rehabilitated and has been done many times before, i.e. Michael Vick. Dogs are much more forgiving than people are! Please send these dogs love and healing thoughts.
How do we stop this tragic form of gambling? We need to educate, spread awareness, report abuse and most importantly teach our children love of animals and proper pet care so the next generation does not hold these values, or should I say non-values. We have laws, but that doesn’t seem to deter anyone from this inhumane sport. Somewhere along the line, people have lost compassion and love for life, a dog’s life.
We sit here and complain about man’s inhumanity to man…to animals. Lets show love, show that animals are living, breathing, feeling beings as much as humans are. I guess it is hard in a world where zoos are the norm and people pay millions every year to go see the cute panda and watch Shamu and dolphins do their tricks while kept in captivity.
367 pit bull terriers were rescued in Alabama and Georgia, the second largest dog fighting ring bust in the US. They were tethered to heavy leashes in 90 degree heat with no fresh water, some had no water at all. They had fleas, wounds and scars. Their only shelter in the sweltering heat was makeshift, filthy dog houses. Some dogs pulled at chains and cables that were tethered to cinder blocks and car tires. A female dog did her best to tend to six puppies, just weeks old, with no food or water, in a pen littered with trash and feces. Video
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama; the Auburn, Alabama, police; and the FBI teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to investigate the dog fighting and free the canines from captivity.
Authorities arrested 11 people last Friday 13th for violations of the federal dogfighting and gambling statutes. Warrants were executed and arrests were made in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. The dogs were taken to temporary shelters in undisclosed locations. Agents seized $500,000 from dog fighters.
Those arrested have since entered pleas of not guilty to a variety of federal charges, including conspiracy to promote and sponsor dogfights and conducting a gambling business.
“These defendants were gambling anywhere from between $1,500 to $200,000 on one dogfight, according to our investigation,” said Morris, who is prosecuting the case.
If convicted the defendants face up to 15 years in prison. A trial is scheduled for February.
The dogs were placed in the temporary care of the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. More than 250 of them were brought to a converted air-conditioned warehouse, where the ASPCA is caring for them. The others are in the care of the Humane Society. CNN is not disclosing the location of the rehabilitation center for security reasons.
The goal is to turn these fighting dogs into animals that can be pets or work as rescue and rehabilitation animals. They are getting proper medical care, behavior modification, proper shelter and love.
- Dogs, puppies rescued from massive fighting ring (cnn.com)
- Fighting dogs now being trained to love (wtvr.com)
- 367 Dogs Seized in Multi-State Dog Fighting Case (whnt.com)