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May 9, 2013

Dozens of Dogs Rescued from Suspected Dogfighting Operation in Texas

A joint effort between San Antonio Animal Care Services, The Humane Society of the United States, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and several other law enforcement agencies resulted in the seizure of more than two dozen dogs from a suspected dogfighting operation. The seizure took place last week in Eastern Bexar County, where the dogs were found individually chained to stakes on a rural property.

Based on testimony from sheriff’s investigators on May 8, a local judge ruled the dogs would not be returned to their owner. The owner has 10 days to appeal the decision.

“We take these matters very seriously,” said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau. “Out of an abundance of caution, we seized the animals and we are continuing to work with Animal Care Services on an investigation.”

With a generous donation of $12,000 worth of supplies and food from PetSmart Charities, San Antonio ACS has started evaluating the dogs for potential placement with approved rescue groups. 

“If not for the actions taken by authorities, these dogs would have continued to suffer immensely,” said Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS, who is helping authorities with the investigation. “We are proud to assist the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and San Antonio Animal Care Services in cracking down on the scourge of dogfighting.” 

San Antonio ACS Director Kathy Davis noted the partnership which saved the dogs from living life on the end of a chain.

“We are grateful for the partnership with BCSO and The Humane Society of the United States that resulted in the confiscation of these young dogs,” said Davis, who stressed that the dogs were being kept in unacceptable conditions. “They were facing a life with very dim prospects. With gratitude to the court, we are happy to move forward to try to find them great homes where they will be loved and well cared for the balance of their lives.”                             

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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