For more than 250 dogs, the nightmare was finally over. After a year-long investigation, 22 people were indicted following the dramatic raid of a suspected multi-state dog fighting operation. American Humane’s Emergency Rescue team of first responders were waiting to spring into action at the request of the Baltimore City Police Department to help the animal victims. Our team’s mission was to help local groups, such as the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), bring peace and compassionate care to the dogs that were rescued from what was presumably years of suspected abuse and neglect.
During their investigation, police found treadmills, guns, dogs on heavy chains, “rape stands” and other items which are frequently found at properties with ties to dog fighting rings. Many of the dogs were reportedly found living in deplorable conditions – and it was also reported that many of the individuals who are suspected of being connected with the alleged operation, have a criminal past.
A few weeks after the raid, American Humane’s animal first responders returned to the shelter to provide ongoing support and daily care for nearly 250 dogs seized in what is believed to be the second largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history.
Our team of first responders were proud to report that, “In less than twelve weeks, these beautiful creatures learned social skills, manners, and most importantly, what it means to be loved and protected. The success stories are endless!” Dogs who cowered in the corner each time a caretaker would come by their kennel were now sitting right at the door waiting for the next moment to be with their new two-legged friends. Older dogs that were used for constant breeding are now enjoying their retirement, and newborn puppies that had not yet had their eyes open are growing up nicely and are healthy, happy and playful!”
American Humane continues to work to ensure this type of treatment of animals ends, and our team of first responders will be there whenever and wherever we are needed.