What a way to celebrate an anniversary. A year ago marks the one year anniversary of the largest dog fighting raid and rescue in United States history. To date 17 defendants in that case have pled guilty and been sentenced to do federal time.
This week, on July 8, 2010, the Humane Society of Missouri was involved in a dog fighting raid in Stone County, MO. At the request of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force last night rescued seven adult pit bulls and eight puppies from the property of an alleged dog fighter near Kimberling City, MO in Stone County. Several of the dogs had old wounds and two adults had recent wounds – including one with a bloody eye. The dogs were found on a densely wooded hillside away from public view. Most of them were attached to heavy log chains and thick collars. The property was trash strewn and had dilapidated buildings with multiple abandoned trucks.
The Stone County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating this situation since last December and consulted with members of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force during the investigation. The Humane Society of Missouri was asked to assist with rescue of the dogs when the warrant was issued yesterday by the Stone County Sheriff. The owner of the pit bulls voluntary surrendered all of the rescued animals to the Humane Society of Missouri. The rescued dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters shelter in St. Louis City for triage and care. During the next several weeks, the dogs will receive thorough veterinary examinations and behavior evaluations with the goal of placing as many of them as possible with qualified rescue groups or in private homes.