Fighting Dogs Begin to Heal

Two dogs seized in a multi-state dogfighting bust await the end of their medical quarantine period in an undisclosed location. (Photo Courtesy CNN)

Just one month after their rescue from a dogfighting ring stretching across multiple states, several hundred dogs are beginning the long road to physical and emotional recovery. The dogs are in the care of the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, and are receiving much needed nutrition and medical care.

Beyond that, these dogs are being given a chance to emotionally heal and recover. Each dog is getting a personalized behavior modification plan in the hopes that they will be able to be adopted out as pets, and some may be trained for rescue and rehabilitation work.

In this particular dogfighting case, puppies as young as 8 weeks old were found wearing long, heavy chains. Even these tiny, young puppies were subjected to neglect, cruelty, and abuse, and they will never know how lucky they are to have survived such a hellish start to life.

Perhaps even more heartbreaking are the adult dogs whose bodies have been mutilated by a lifetime of torture. Their physical scars may heal over time, but it will take a painstakingly slow process to heal their emotional scars. Most of these dogs have known nothing but a life of starvation at the end of a chain, interrupted only by forced breeding or being thrown into the fighting pit.

See photos and video of the recovering dogs here. 

Although authorities are cracking down on dogfighting, there is still much work to be done to truly eliminate this disgusting practice. If you would like to report suspicious activity and possible dogfighting, contact one of the following organizations:


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  • http://FIGHTINGDOGSBEGINTOHEAL V. HAMMOND

    THE LAW IN EACH STATE HAS TO BE TOUGHER AND I DON'T MEAN A SLAP ON THE WRIST LIKE MICHAEL VICKS. THAT MAN GOT OFF FOR WHAT HE DID . THAT JUST SHOWS THE REST OF THE WORLD, WELL SINCE VICKS GOT OFF I WILL TOO......WRONG VERY WRONG. THE COURTS SHOULD HAVE HAD THAT MANS HEAD ON A CUTTING BOARD AND HAVE THE SAME DONE TO HIM AS HE DID TO THIS BREED. I CAN'T UNDER STAND HOW PEOPLE GET BY WITH THIS AWFUL SHIT. GET IT TOGETHER AND LETS GET THE LAWS TOUGHER ON THESE 2 LEGGED ANIMALS THAT WE CALL HUMANS. THIS BREED(THE PIT) IS MORE HUMAN THAN THESE JERKS FIGHTING THEM. BLAME THE PEOPLE ASSHOLES BLAME THE PEOPLE. THEY ARE THE TRAINERS NOT THE BREED. WHAT PART OF THIS DO YOU NOT UNDER STAND HERE. THE DOGS DON'T COME OUT FIGHTING. THEY ARE THE ONE THAT SUFFER, THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE KILLED BECAUSE OF HUMANS. THE LAWS NEED TO SAVE THIS BREED AND PUT THE ABUSER TO SLEEP. THE BREED IS A SMART BREED. THEY DON'T WANT TO HURT ANY ONE ,BUT THEY ARE THE ONES THAT GETS THE BLAME AND PUT TO SLEEP. THIS BREED IS VERY LOVING,AND HAPPY AND WOULD NOT HURT A FLY UNLESS YOU TRAIN THEM TO HURT AND WHO'S TRAINING THIS BREED ? YES YOU GUESSED IT THE 2LEGGED ANIMALS NOT THE BREED THEMSELVES. TOUGHER LAWS ON THE PEOPLE . COME ON DUDES GET A FREAKING BACK BONE AND STAND UP FOR THE DOGS AND NOT THE REAL ANIMALS THAT WE CALL HUMANS. TOUGHER LAWS SAFE THIS BREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Susan Woods

    I am so proud to be an Auburn Alumni. The Auburn Police force's tenacity in following leads to lead to this multi state dogfighting bust reflects the Auburn Spirit: honor, care for the weak and helpless and never give up. We are indeed a Family who is All In!!

  • Smooth Walks

    Absolutely disgusting behaviour by these heartless people, but good news they were rescued and I hope they all make wonderful recoveries. My heart goes out to the dogs and big hugs for each and everyone of them x

  • Rose Tremblay

    Thank you Victoria for bringing to light the hard work being done to help these dogs have normal lives. As a RedRover responder who just finished a 5 day deployment working with the dogs under the care of the ASPCA, I can say that these dogs are getting the best possible care both physically and mentally. I am proud to have been part of the group caring for these animals and I look forward to returning to see the progress they are making.

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