In an act of sheer compassion and bravery, the Police Department in Huntersville, North Carolina and the ASPCA rescued and saved 23 Pit Bulls used for dog fighting. The dogs were living in filth and were clearly malnourished and neglected. Restricted by heavy chains around their necks, the dogs had bite marks and scars as well as broken teeth and infections.
According to the police report, sixteen adult dogs and seven puppies were removed from the property and dog fighting paraphernalia, including training devices, indoor and outdoor fighting pits and medication common to treating wounds associated with dog fighting were also found.
“Dog fighting victims live terribly isolated lives and are subjected to horrific acts of cruelty,” said Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.
Taken to a shelter in an undisclosed location for their safety, the ASPCA is working closely with the police to prosecute the offenders. Jail time is highly likely as well as enormous fines will be imposed on the perpetrators. However, the dogs rehabilitation remains the primary concern at the moment.
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