"After assisting in the rescue of nearly 400 dogs from multiple dogfighting operations in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, The Humane Society of the United States is now providing around-the-clock care to the animals at its shelter in an undisclosed location."
The criminal activity associated with Spindletop 'refuge' a little over a year ago has proved that these big raids can have a positive outcome. "When these dogs are released by the court and able to move on to the next stage of their lives, The HSUS will need help from other rescue groups and shelters around the country.
We are seeking groups to join our Dogfighting Rescue Coalition, to help find these deserving dogs new homes. Groups from all across the country can possibly help rehabilitate and rehome these dogs. Working with our partners in this coalition, The HSUS has a uniquely high success rate at adopting dogs rescued from fighting. More info at: http://www.humanesociety.org/drc."
HSUS director stated 'these dogs' lives changed overnight' after "a three-year investigation of these alleged dogfighters led to Friday’s series of interventions. Police in Auburn, Alabama started the investigation, with HSUS experts participating every step of the way, though the case was ultimately led by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney. All told, there were 367 dogs rescued on Friday in what is thought to be the second largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history."
The Humane Society is a powerful entity, but needs community help to really save these dogs. "The dogs are receiving healthy food, clean water, toys and plenty of TLC. The dogs are also being treated for their injuries and the effects of neglect by veterinarians."
"The dogs are all being evaluated by behavior analysts, who are developing individual rehabilitation plans for each animal. This work is essential to ensure the safe transition of these dogs from their previous lives of misery to their future as well-adjusted pets."
This crisis has placed an opportunity to join rescue forces with HSUS to change the tide. Dogfighting is rampant and seems worse than ever. Each day's emails, Facebook posts and news articles carry some nasty account of animal related cruelty. The HSUS has brought down this mountain of evil, but needs community support to help care for these dogs so the criminals that hurt them and so many others can see justice done.