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HSUS assists in largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history

In Animal News on July 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The Humane Society of the United States assisted federal, state, and local authorities in the rescue of hundreds of dogs from multiple organized dogfighting operations.

Wednesday morning officers from multiple federal and state law enforcement agencies made arrests and seized dogs in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahma, and Arkansas.

“This intervention is a momentous victory in our ongoing battle to end the cruel, criminal dogfighting industry,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS in a press release. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the USDA Office of Inspector General and the Humane Society of Missouri for their commitment to eradicating this nationwide business enterprise that thrives off the pain and suffering of dogs. With each raid we get one step closer to ending this cruel blood sport.”

For more than a month the HSUS has been doing logistical preparation for the raids, transporting equipment and specialized emergency shelter kenneling for hundreds of dogs to Missouri.

Dozens of HSUS experts and volunteers have gathered to provide animal handling, transport, sheltering and documentation assistance. Many of the dogs rescued from these dogfighting operations will be taken to the emergency shelter in specially designed animal transport vehicles provided by the HSUS.

Each dog will be evaluated by animal behavior experts from the Humane Society of Missouri and other organizations. This will help determine their suitability for possible placement with rescue groups or individual adopters.

This rescue operation is a great example of how national and local animal welfare organizations can work together to combat the animal fighting industry.
–Jillian Wolande

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