“Man’s best friend” may fight to the death in dogfights, often with tens of thousands of dollars at stake. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winning dogs may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights.
Following up on the massive, 367-dog rescue earlier this year in Ala.,The HSUS joined with local law enforcement and humane societies in Tallapoosa County to rescue over 30 dogs from suspected dogfighting operations on Nov. 19.Learn More
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November 19, 2013
A joint effort between several Alabama law enforcement agencies, The Humane Society of the United States, Montgomery Humane Society, and Lake Martin Humane Society resulted in the seizure of 31 dogs and puppies from suspected dogfighting operations at three properties in Tallapoosa County, Ala. See the video.
September 5, 2013
Nearly two weeks after authorities conducted a massive dogfighting raid across Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, another five dogs have been seized in connection with the investigation.
August 26, 2013
Three hundredy sixty-seven dogs were rescued in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia this weekend in a case led by the U.S. Attorney's office, the FBI, and the Auburn, Ala., police.
August 15, 2013
To step up its fight against all forms of illegal animal cruelty, The Humane Society of the United States has formed its first National Law Enforcement Council comprising current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country.
October 23, 2013
The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants used in circuses and traveling shows to take effect in three years.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.
September 10, 2013
Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.