367 dogs were rescued this weekend in a what is believed to be the second largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history, according to the ASPCA.
CNN reports that eleven arrests were made for violations of the federal dogfighting and gambling statutes, seizing approximately $500,000 dollars in illegal gambling money.
U.S. officials were appalled by the conditions of the animals rescued in the massive raid, stretching across Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
“I believe if Dante were alive today and were rewriting The Inferno, that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and to our children,” says U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr.
At the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI, the ASPCA has taken position on the ground to assist in the rescue of these tortured, neglected, and malnourished dogs, transporting them to temporary emergency shelters in undisclosed locations. Responders are also providing veterinary care and behavior enrichment, says the ASCPA.