About 60 severely abused and emaciated dogs, believed to have been made to fight with hogs as part of a sick gambling game, were rescued in Alabama on Monday from a private residence.
The Cottonwood Police Department obtained a search warrant for the property where they had found the dogs who required immediate rescue and where they also found illegal drugs and firearms.
The Humane Society told Al.com that the dogs ranged in age from four months to teens. Col. Jim Smith, public safety director for the town of Cottonwood said:
The cruelty these dogs were shown is painful to see, and we couldn’t stand by and allow them to suffer.
Most of the rescued dogs were of the breed Dogo Argentino — an Argentine boar-fighting dog — but there were also two French Bulldogs and a German Shepard. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. About 60 dogs were rescued from a suspected hog dog breeding operation in Cottonwood, Alabama, on Monday.
2. The dogs range in age from 4 months to teens, and this one was a French Bulldog.
3. Dogo Argentino puppies wait to be rescued from the Cottonwood residence.
The Humane Society believes that the rescued canines were bred to bite the faces of hogs as gamblers betted on which dog would complete the vicious task first.
Veterinarians arrived on the scene to examine the dogs and give whatever immediate medical attention was needed. The rescued dogs will remain at a temporary shelter where they will continue to receive care and build their strength.
Chris Schindler, manager of animal fighting investigations for The Humane Society said:
These dogs were lucky that the police responded quickly to this situation. With the recent cold temperatures and the dogs’ poor condition, they needed immediate attention. We are glad to have been called in to assist in this case, and we will continue to be part of the investigation and prosecution process.
Animal cruelty and felony drug-related charges are now pending.
4. Ashley Mauceri, HSUS Cruelty Response Manager, gets kissed by puppies before they are saved.
5. Chip Burns, Field Responder with The Humane Society, rescues an emaciated Dogo Argentino dog.
6. Two of the Dogo Argentino dogs wait to be rescued and hopefully they’ll be placed in loving homes.
And here is the video report:
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