Massive 7 State Crackdown on Dog Fighting Rings

July 23, 2009

dogfightingAssociated Press photo of Humane Society officials removing dogs from a location in St. Louis.

July 9, 2009. Yesterday, authorities seized more than 400 dogs and charged 26 people from seven states in what Humane Society officials are calling one of the largest crackdowns on dog fighting in the United States.

State and federal agents staged multiple raids, charging individuals in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas following a more-than-year-long investigation originally tipped off by the Humane Society of Missouri.

In Missouri, prosecutors said members of a multi-state ring routinely denied the dogs medical treatment and “destroyed” injured dogs who were no longer able to fight by shooting them “in the head, throwing them into the river or burning them in a barrel.”

For the complete article by Amelia Glynn from the San Francisco Chronicle, go here.


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