A mother dog still nursing her six puppies is currently recovering after being rescued by our team from a major suspected dogfighting operation. When our team members found the dog, who we’ve since named Joan Jett, she was stuck in a cold, bare kennel, standing protectively over her puppies while they nursed. Our colleagues, whose assistance was requested by law enforcement officials on scene, immediately took note of how skeletal she looked standing there with each vertebra protruding along her back.

Dogs used in professional dogfighting operations are specifically bred and conditioned for fighting, which creates a lifecycle of abuse, so we can imagine that these puppies were bound for an unthinkable future. Thankfully, that cruel cycle has stopped for this family, and these puppies will never have to experience the brutality of dogfighting.