Big 3 Rescue Dogs From Dog Fighting – With A Little Help From Friends

by Mary Haight on August 29, 2013

rescue dogs from dog fightingASPCA, HSUS, IFAW rescue dogs from dog fighting rings — proving it takes a village to save 367. You’ve probably heard about the recent multi-state dog fighting busts in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas. The US States Attorney and the FBI asked the ASPCA and HSUS  to assist in this sweep that ended a 3-year investigation. This ranks as the second largest dog fighting bust in US history. What you may not have heard is that the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), was part of the effort.

When dogs are removed from such places it is to undisclosed locations where they are given veterinary care, behavioral assessments and life enrichment none of which they are accustomed to. Responders with ASPCA, HSUS and in this case. IFAW, collect the dogs, transport them and organize the temporary emergency shelters. They also collect forensic evidence for authorities. IFAW contributed some great equipment and personnel towards the effort.

IFAW mobilized a team of 15 including veterinarians, emergency responders and drivers. Three custom-fitted animal rescue trucks and trailers were deployed to help transport seized dogs. The fleet included two 36-foot trailers, one funded by the Petfinder Foundation, the other made possible by The cargo included 150 crates, humane capture equipment, emergency veterinary supplies and forensic evidence kits. What great donations to make removals more efficient!

“I am so proud of the IFAW team that worked long hours in three different states to make sure that these dogs will never fight, be forced to breed, or live in these deplorable conditions ever again,” said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW Disaster Response Manager.

Thanks to the ASPCA for including the names of the shelters assisting in this work so their efforts can be recognized in their communities:

“Other animal welfare groups assisting with the operation include Florida State Animal Response Coalition and Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team (Bushnell, Fla.); University of Florida (Gainesville); Humane Society of South Mississippi (Gulfport); International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.); Asheville Humane Society (Asheville, N.C.); Charleston Animal Society (Charleston, S.C.); Louisiana SPCA (New Orleans); American Humane Association (Washington, D.C.); Greater Birmingham Humane Society (Birmingham, Ala.); Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.); PetSmart Charities (Phoenix, Ariz.); Code 3 Associates (Longmont, Colo.); and Montgomery Humane Society (Montgomery, Ala.).”

You can check the link to ASPCA for more content, videos and updates.

When you rescue dogs from dog fighting, it’s really great to have a little help from your friends!

(Photo: ASPCA slide)

Further Reading: HSUS


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