PetSmart Charities Assists The HSUS in 2nd Largest Dog Fighting Raid in US History

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Nearly 400 dogs were saved from a nightmare situation in the summer of 2013, when authorities busted what’s believed to be the 2nd largest known dog fighting operation in U.S. history.

Three years prior, the Auburn Police Department initiated an investigation that soon involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On the morning of August 23, authorities executed 13 search warrants throughout Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.

The scenes were nightmares for the rescue team: hundreds of dogs marked by large scars, wearing heavy cains and in despair without access to water, food or shelter from the sweltering heat. Some were just a few days old, others up to 10 to 12 years. They were scattered across several properties in the south, some of which were hidden in ordinary neighborhoods.

Rescuers from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) saved 367 of these dogs, many clinging to life. PetSmart Charities was there to provide $139,000 worth of supplies, like crates, leashes and dog bowls, to help with the rescue.

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