Sonia Horon, exclusive to Global Animal
UNITED STATES — Following a three-year-long investigation, authorities in Alabama and Georgia have rescued 367 pit bulls from a dog fighting ring, in what is being called the second largest dog fighting bust in the Unites States. Along with the dogs, law enforcement officials also seized guns, illegal narcotics, drugs and $500,000 believed to have come from dog fight gambling. Twelve individuals have been arrested on charges of illegal gambling and dog fighting.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the ASPCA are currently caring for the rescued dogs who range from puppies to older dogs, and even a pregnant dog, who were all expected to fight. They’ve now been evaluated and many have been given medical attention for numerous injuries. The dogs are also malnourished and scared due to the horrendous ordeal they’ve been through, but the animal groups in charge are slowly helping to rehabilitate and socialize them.
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama George Beck said, “The number of dogs seized and the amount of money involved in this case shows how extensive this underworld of dog fighting is. These dog fighters abuse, starve and kill their dogs for the supposed ‘fun’ of watching and gambling on a dog fight. Their behavior is deplorable, will not be tolerated, and will be punished to the full extent of the law.”
He also added, “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 to our children.”
The site of the dog bust is being kept a secret because authorities have genuine concern that the dogs are in danger of being stolen by other dog fighting operations.
Sources say that attorneys for some of the defendants will plead not guilty at arraignment this Wednesday.
Watch the video below to take a look inside the rescued dogs’ rehabilitation process.