31 August 2013

367 Dogs Rescued in Multi-State Dog Fighting Case

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American SPCA (ASPCA), at the request of the United States Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assisted in seizing 367 dogs in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia in what is believed to be the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. 

Following a three-year investigation, 13 search warrants were executed and 10 suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges. Firearms and drugs as well as more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities was also seized from locations in Mississippi and Texas. If convicted, defendants could face up to five years in prison as well as fines and restitution. 

In July 2009, the ASPCA and HSUS and numerous federal and local agencies, participated in a multi-state dog fighting raid, the largest federal crackdown on dog fighting in U.S. history, resulting in the rescue of over 500 dogs and the more than 100 arrests. 

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