Saturday, August 15, 2009

Foley man among those arrested by FBI in largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history

Lincoln County Journal

St. Louis- Officers from multiple federal and state law enforcement agencies arrested five Missouri men and seized more than 150 Pit Bull Terriers in an early morning raid last Wednesday on several locations involved in dog fighting ventures, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced on July 8.

Before the raids were over, 26 men in five states were arrested and over 378 dogs involved in fighting were seized.

While they are being cared for, each dog will be evaluated by animal behavior experts from the Humane Society and other organizations to determine their suitability for possible placement with rescue groups or individual adopters. The Humane Society of Missouri will make recommendations about each animal to the U.S. District Court which will make the final decision for each animal.

"We are committed to giving dogs who have come from such horrible abuse the absolute best chance for a good life," said Debbie Hill, vice president of Operations for the Humane Society of Missouri and director of the temporary shelter. "It is a tragedy that because of mistreatment by humans for financial gain and so-called sport, many dogs used in animal fighting may not ever be able to be placed in a home situation."