November 19, 2013
More Than 30 Dogs Rescued From Suspected Alabama Dogfighting Operations
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. The rescues took place at three properties in Tallapoosa County, Ala.
Authorities served search warrants on each property and found the animals living in deplorable conditions, many without access to clean water or proper shelter. Many of the dogs had injuries and scarring consistent with dogfighting and were found chained to stakes and suffering from a variety of medical conditions. Several animals required immediate emergency medical treatment.
Janette Reever, deputy manager of animal fighting investigations for The HSUS, said: “Today marks the beginning for these dogs—they'll never again have to fight for entertainment or live at the end of a chain. We're grateful to Alabama law enforcement for their continued efforts to end dogfighting and for allowing us to help rescue these dogs.”
John McKelvey, chief of police for New Site Police Department, said: “We're determined to put an end to the barbaric practice of dogfighting in our state. We couldn't have saved these dogs without the help of The Humane Society of the United States and the Montgomery Humane Society.”
The New Site Police Department, Alabama State Police, Alexander City Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Department, Alabama State Troopers Aviation Unit, Alabama Beverage Control Narcotics Unit, District Attorney Office 5th Circuit, Alabama Marine Police, Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, and the U.S. Marshalls Service were all involved in the rescue.
All of the dogs are now being treated by veterinarians at an undisclosed location, where they will remain pending final disposition in the case.
It is The HSUS’s policy that all dogs seized from animal fighting operations be treated as individuals. All of the dogs rescued from this operation will be individually evaluated for potential placement with HSUS Dogfighting Rescue Coalition placement partners.
- Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states.
- Earlier this year, The HSUS participated in the second-largest dogfighting rescue in U.S. history, alongside federal and local authorities across Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia, saving more than 400 dogs.
- The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. The HSUS asks anyone with information about animal fighting criminals to call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Tipsters' identities are protected.
- Rescue groups interested in becoming members of The HSUS’s Dogfighting Rescue Coalition should visit humanesociety.org/drc.
**Photos and video of this rescue are available by request.
Media contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; firstname.lastname@example.org