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Philadelphia SPCA Breaks Up 4 Dog Fighting Rings

SPCA bring out a dog after a raid on a dogfighting ring in Philadelphia.

For the Philadelphia SPCA, it was an unusually busy weekend with 4 dog fighting raids, and in the process, several dogs’ lives were saved

In the first case, animal cruelty investigators say they had a building in Grays Ferry, Philadelphia under surveillance for months. On late Sunday night, word got out that a dog fight was in progress there and some of the most wanted dog fighters in the city were inside the house

“We’ve had some of these individuals, who showed up at this fight, under surveillance for quite some time,” said George Bengal from the Pennsylvania SPCA. “To finally have them all get together in one location was a big win for us.”

Investigators believe they moved in just in time to save the two pit bulls set to fight that night, even though the dogs are in bad shape – injured and bleeding as they cowered in fear in the back of a SPCA van.

In this raid, police also rescued another half dozen dogs described as emaciated and in poor condition locked in cages in the house and locked up outside in cars. The dogs were taken to the SPCA for treatment. They will be held there as evidence pending future trials.

Investigators consider this is one of the biggest dog fighting busts ever in the city of Philadelphia.

On Monday morning, PSPCA investigators then moved to a home located in Philadelphia’s Kensington section. Upon carrying out their warrant, officers found 12 caged dogs in the basement of the home along with guns, a large amount of cash, and a large quantity of drugs, including heroin, crack and marijuana.

A third location was raided late Monday morning also in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. One dog was rescued there.

The Pennsylvania SPCA sent out an urgent request on Monday for anyone interested in adopting an animal to come to the shelter.

While the dogs rescued in the current operation are not available yet for adoption, the SPCA says it is running out of room and needs their current animals to find homes in order to make room for the new ones.

Story By Elaine Furst For Dog Files

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Cjustpeachie
Cjustpeachie
10 years ago

THANK GOD FOR THE SPCA!! I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOO MANY HEARTLESS PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD THAT GET A KICK OUT OF WATCHING AND BETTING ON INNOCENT ANIMALS FIGHTING SOMETIMES TO THE DEATH!! IT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE ANCIENT ROME AND THEIR LUST FOR DEATH AND BLOOD IN THE ARENA. THEY LAUGHED AND CLAPPED AND ROARED FOR THE DEATHS OF THE CHRISTIANS, THE GLADIATORS AND THE ANIMALS!! YOU HAVE GOT TO WONDER WHAT IS LACKING IN THESE MONSTER’S GENETIC MAKEUP??

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