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September 5, 2013

More Dogs Rescued in Southern Alabama Dogfighting Case

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. Responders with The Humane Society of the United States were called in by federal and local authorities to rescue five American pit bull terriers from a Covington County property. The dogs appeared to be underweight and some had scars and injuries consistent with dogfighting.

Investigators believe that these five dogs are associated with the multi-state dogfighting ring that was busted on Friday, Aug. 23. The dogs will be taken to The HSUS’ temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where they will be examined by veterinarians and receive much-needed care.

Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS, said: “Organized dogfighting cannot be shut down in one fell swoop, but thankfully, the investigators involved in this case are dedicated to eradicating dogfighting from the region. They worked to uncover these additional dogs so that we could save them from lives of pain and misery.”

The ongoing investigation also involves assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Auburn Police Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

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