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Dozens Of Pit Bulls Rescued From Massive Dogfighting Bust


Dozens of dogs have been seized from suspected dogfighting in the Midwest. Obviously frightened, disoriented, and emotionally and bodily exhausted, the 64 pit bulls were carried through their rescuers out of their horrific situations and introduced to safety.
Responders from the ASPCA are presently nonetheless working with the FBI Quad Cities Federal Gang Task Force and the Rock Island Police Department in Illinois to assist rescue the pit bulls involved, according to the ASPCA.

Following an investigation that began almost a yr ago, ten search warrants had been served using the FBI on Thursday.

The dogs have been found on more than a few residences in Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa, “tethered on heavy chains and [near] training units regular with dogfighting, along with narcotics and a firearm,” according to a press launch sent to The Dodo.

ASPCA veterinarians, behaviorists, and responders will work with the dogs at an undisclosed location, providing much-needed interest and scientific care.


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As the ASPCA works with law enforcement and prosecutors, the dogs’ first-rate interests and safety will be taken into account until the court docket determines custody.

“The level of brutality we proceed to see in equipped dogfighting rings is profoundly troubling,” Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team, stated in the release.

“We’re relieved these animals have subsequently been eliminated from this cycle of violence.
Many human beings will be surprised to examine that dogfighting is happening in their community. It’s an underground endeavor that goes mostly disregarded through the public. However, it happens all across the country.”

As it celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary, the ASPCA continues working to help cease dogfighting. Recent efforts blanketedgathering almost 50,000 comments early this 12 months from the public to assist urge the U.S.

Sentencing Commission to expand sentencing from three to 5 years for federally convicted dogfighters. On Friday, the fee voted to extend the advocated jail sentence for animal war to 21 to 27 months.

Previous guidelines solely encouraged up to a 12 months in prison.

“These new tips will go a lengthy way to defend lots of thousands of puppies in the United States who are pressured to fight and go through every 12 months in simple terms for the amusement and monetary achieve of their owners,” Rickey stated in a statement.