MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Biggest Dogfighting Raid in History Reveals Even Bigger Problem

Taken from Care 2 Animal Welfare Causes

This Wednesday, approximately 450 dogs were seized during raids in seven states (Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas). Animal welfare groups call this the largest simultaneous raid of dogfighting operations in U.S. history.

Each rescued dog will be evaluated in hopes of placing as many as possible in adoptive homes.

Animal welfare advocates worked with federal authorities for 18 months on this seizure. So far, 26 people have been accused of cruelties ranging from denying animals medical treatment to shooting poorly-performing dogs in the head and disposing of their bodies into a river or burning them in a barrel.

Although no one can help but to feel that the world is a little brighter now that these 450 innocent animals finally have a chance for the safe and loving homes these deserve, this week's seizure also puts the true size of the insidious problem of dogfighting into perspective. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that at least 40,000 people are involved in professional dogfighting, while hudreds of thousands more participate in urban and rural "street fighting."

If no fewer than 40,000 people are keeping this horrific form of gambling and entertainment alive, imagine just how many dogs are involved.

Dogfighting operations typically are not small acts of animal cruelty, but part of organized criminal networks. When it's not unusual for as much as $30,000 to change hands in a single dogfight, fully eradicating the industry will be an uphill battle.

Take action! Please send your note of thanks to the governors of the seven states who helped to make this historic raid a reality. Encourage them to continue to support the good work of their state attorney general, local officials and caring volunteers.


Posted By:

Dawn Kairns
Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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2 comments :

retriever farm said...

WOW! MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE MORE THAN JUST A SLAP ON THE WRIST. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE.

Dawn Kairns, Author of MAGGIE: The Dog Who Changed My Life said...

Thanks for your comment: here's all I know so far from Examiner.com

"Each of the defendants faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine for each charge, a class D felony. Each defendant was charged under 18 U.S.C. 371 (conspiracy), 7 U.S.C. 2156(a) and 18 U.S.C. 2 and 49 (sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in an animal fighting venture)."