Efforts to combat dogfighting gain major ally in RICO statute

Dharma the three-legged pit bull is a survivor. The canine was found mangled in 2009 when federal investigators busted a massive dogfighting ring that spanned from Illinois to Texas. The raids resulted in the seizure of more than 400 dogs and numerous arrests. Animal welfare workers said Dharma wasn’t used in the dogfights but rather was left chained outside in rural Missouri to produce fresh litters of puppies. The dog’s abusers, they said, amputated one of her front legs. Suzanne Schemm, the dog’s adoptive owner, believes Dharma, now 5, is lucky to have escaped from an underground world where crimes…

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Authorities Bust Bronx Dog-Fighting Ring

Police said they were forced to remove up to 50 dogs from the basement of 1254 Sherman Avenue in the Concourse section Thursday, where a suspected dog-fighting ring was being run. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report. Scars on a pitbull’s face represented evidence of what was going on in the basement of Sherman Avenue and 168th Street in the Bronx. Investigators said 50 dogs as young as 12 weeks and as old as 5 years were bred, trained and put in fighting matches here. “There is extensive training equipment,” said NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Favale. “There’s treadmills, it…

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Are pit bulls “inherently dangerous”?

A ruling this week in Maryland’s highest court puts certain dog owners and landlords on a tighter leash. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled in a case involving a pit bull attack that it is no longer necessary for those attacked by a pit bull or a pit bull mix to prove that the dog is violent—the owner or landlord “is strictly liable for the damages caused” by nature of the breed. Do you think the Maryland Court of Appeals was right in its recent ruling that pit bulls are inherently dangerous?  Click here to vote and see the results!

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Thank you, UUCC Glen Allen!

We were chosen as the Charity of the Month for April and received a generous donation from the congregation of this small church. On April 1st, I said a few words to those folks about our organization, and even got to bring an RDR dog with me. Gretchen was SO good and everyone just loved her. But then again, what’s not to love about a pittie-ful face?  🙂

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300 pit bulls saved from Philippine dogfighting arena

Philippines said it helped police bust a South Korean syndicate operating a massive dog fighting ring and rescue 300 pitbulls. Two South Korean nationals and several Filipinos were arrested in the Friday raid at a two-hectare farm in the city of San Pablo just south of the capital Manila, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society said. Many of the dogs were severely injured, with ripped ears and tongues, including 20 that needed to be euthanized, it said. “This appears to be a large operation and these South Koreans need to be punished,” PAWS program director Anna Cabrera said. Those arrested were…

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Adoptables: Georgia

Georgia was rescued from a rural shelter along with her single puppy.  This beauty is stunning.  She is housebroken and crate trained and has adjusted... more

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