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Missouri Dog Transport

The HSUS Transports Dogs Rescued in Historic Dogfighting Raid

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is transporting 21 dogs rescued during July's historic multistate federal dogfighting raid to foster groups in Virginia and Massachusetts. The HSUS loaded up the lucky animals in Missouri after having worked with the Humane Society of Missouri on the initial rescue mission.

Last summer's eight-state raid was the largest crackdown on dogfighting in U.S. history, resulting in 26 arrests and the rescue of more than 500 dogs. 

"Today marks a new beginning for these  dogs, who just a few months ago were living lives of unbearable cruelty, but now have a chance at a real life," said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services at The HSUS. "After being part of rescue it is extremely rewarding for The HSUS to deliver these dogs to the next step of their journey."

The HSUS is transporting these 21 dogs who were released by a federal judge to the custody of the Humane Society of Missouri, having been evaluated and deemed suitable for placement with qualified rescue groups — a prelude to possible adoption. The following rescue groups will be taking in these dogs: Ring Dog Rescue, Broken Hearts & Mended Souls, Second Chance Animal Shelter, BayPath Humane Society and Braveheart Pit Bull Rescue.

The Humane Society of Missouri is still seeking qualified rescue groups or experienced individuals who are interested in fostering or providing permanent homes for the remaining dogs. Interested parties should contact pwhitcraft@hsmo.org or call 314-802-5712.


  • Organized dogfighting is illegal everywhere in the United States and is a felony in all 50 states. To see a ranking of state dogfighting laws, visit humanesociety.org.
  • More than 250,000 dogs are placed in dogfighting pits each year.
  • The HSUS estimates that 40,000 people follow organized dogfighting circuits across the U.S. while an additional 100,000 meet on neighborhood streets, alleys and hideaways.
  • A Chicago Police Department study showed that 65 percent of people charged with animal abuse crimes — including dogfighting — were also charged with violent crimes against people.
  • The HSUS has a worked for more than a half-century to rid the nation of the scourge of this bloody activity.


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization – backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.