BREAKING NEWS: More Than 150 Dogs Rescued from Alleged Dog Fighting Operation
WNCT Report: Ten North Carolina men have been indicted on dog fighting and drug charges and 156 dogs have been seized as part an Onslow County dog fighting ring, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The indictment said the defendants and their co-conspirators bet on animal fights, sometimes wagering as much as $100,000 on a single fight.
As part of the conspiracy, the defendants and their co-conspirators purchased, received, bred, trained, conditioned, transported, and delivered dogs for the purpose of entering them in dog fights, according to the indictment.
The ASPCA assisted federal authorities with the removal and sheltering of approximately 156 dogs from an alleged dog fighting operation in eastern North Carolina this week.
In search warrants executed on Tuesday, agents uncovered the victims along with dog fighting paraphernalia on multiple properties. Ten men were arrested and seven were charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Welfare Act, including purchasing, receiving, breeding, training, conditioning, transporting and delivering dogs for the purpose of entering them in dog fights.
The ASPCA assisted in the removal of the dogs from the scene and has transported them to a temporary shelter for immediate care.
“The depravity of dog fighting requires a strong and dedicated response, so we’re proud to assist the U.S. Attorney and FBI in this case, which signals our mutual commitment to eradicating the barbaric activity entirely,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO.
Dog fighting is a shockingly brutal form of animal cruelty that occurs in every part of the country and every type of community. The ASPCA works year-round to protect innocent victims of this heinous blood sport, and in situations such as this one, your support can make all the difference.
We will continue to update you as this story develops. In the meantime, please make an urgent gift to the ASPCA right now to enable us to be there for so many other victims of cruelty, like these dogs. We will not rest until each one is safe.