Officials busted a long-time dog fighting ring in the southeast, and in the process 367 pit bulls were rescued and 12 people were arrested. It was the culmination of a three year long investigation into a highly productive form of organized gambling that centered on wages from dog fights.
USA Today reports that homes were raided last Friday in Alabama and Georgia, and over $500,000 in cash was found.
U.S. Attorney George Beck had strong words at the news conference that announced the bust:
“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.”
Coffee County Sheriff David Sutton said “the dogs at one Elba home were covered by fleas and were secured by heavy chains connected to car axles buried in the ground. Officials said some pit bulls were so malnourished their ribs were sticking out and others had bad wounds that required emergency care.”
“Those animals can’t speak like you and I. They bark and they whine. We chose to speak for them, and I believe we sent a message out. …. If you do the crime, we are going to come see you.”
Tim Rickey ASPCA vice president said the dogs are being kept at an undisclosed location, and rehabilitated until they can be put up for adoption into loving homes:
“They are finally getting a loving hand from responders who care for these dogs, but sadly there are many other dogs out there going through this type of abuse.”
The largest dog fighting raid ever was in Missouri and surrounding states back in 2009. 500 dogs were rescued and the case became known as the “Missouri 500.”
Image: Flickr/ Diamond Brooke
Source: USA Today
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