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October 29, 2013

Additional Arrest, Dogs Seized in Alabama Dogfighting Investigation

The Humane Society of the United States cares for additional 37 dogs; Federal authorities arrest 14th suspect

Federal Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Attorney’s Office

As part of a continued crack down on dogfighting activity in several southeastern states, the Federal Bureau of Investigations arrested yesterday David Bernard Grace of Dothan, Ala. Grace is the 14th suspect to be arrested in an ongoing multi-state dogfighting investigation that spans Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. Prior to the arrest, The Humane Society of the United States assisted authorities with seizing 37 dogs and dogfighting paraphernalia from properties in Dothan and Abbeville, Ala., associated with Grace.

Many of the dogs had injuries and scarring consistent with dogfighting, and they are now being cared for by veterinarians and behavior specialists at The HSUS’ temporary shelter in an undisclosed location. They will remain at the shelter pending final disposition in the case.

Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS, said:  “The dogs rescued in this latest bust have joined the hundreds of others from this investigation who will never have to fight to the death or live at the end of a chain. We are grateful to be able to protect them from such barbaric cruelty and to assist authorities with uprooting dogfighting in this part of the country. We applaud the authorities’ continued diligence on this case.”

The latest arrests and seizures are connected to the massive bust on Aug. 23 where ten suspects were arrested and 367 dogs were rescued from suspected dogfighting operations. The HSUS and ASPCA assisted authorities in those raids, and The HSUS also rescued an additional five dogs from a Covington County property on Sept. 5. The HSUS is currently caring for 165 dogs and seven chickens seized in the investigation. This makes a total of 466 dogs rescued from this alleged dogfighting ring, the second largest in U.S. history.

The ongoing investigation involves assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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

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