367 Pit Bulls Rescued in Second-Largest Dogfighting Raid in US History

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Photo Via ASPCA: Puppies being carried by an official in Auburn, Ala.

Photo Via ASPCA: Puppies being carried by an official in Auburn, Ala.

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.

How to Help

You can help these dogs today by donating to the ASPCA, or learn more about this developing story on CNN.com.

You can learn more about Pit Bulls in our breed guides, and discuss the perceptions surrounding this breed, including the breed-specific legislations that some states and counties in the US have.