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Dogfighters raided in Philadelphia

20 Arrests In Dog-Fighting Ring Bust: MyFoxPHILLY.com

Two raids in as many days led to the seizure of about 20 dogs and the arrests of what Philadelphia police and the Pennsylvania SPCA say were some of the the leaders of one of the city’s largest dog-fighting rings.

In this morning’s raid, in the 2800 block of Boundinot Street in Kensington, at least a dozen dogs were rescued, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

In a raid last night in South Philadelphia, about 20 people were arrested when authorities broke up a dog fight in progress, according to Fox News.

“When we entered the property, the dogs were actually engaged in a fight in a ring in the front bedroom of this property,” said the PSPCA’s head of investigations, George Bengal. “This was a fairly large operation. These gentlemen have been on our radar for quite some time for dog fighting. This is literally months and months of investigation work that resulted in this arrest tonight.”

“Some of the biggest fighters in the city are here,”  Bengal, said.

PSPCA officals called the home in the 2600 block of Garrett Street, in the city’s Gray’s Ferry section, a “house of horrors.”


Comment from Lynn (in Louisiana)
Time April 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

“…were rescued”; not seized or impounded??? Wow! progress~

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Michael Vick’s influence in action. Or am I being too harsh? Nah.
“at least a dozen dogs were rescued, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.” Let us hope that they were not ‘rescued’ only to be killed by their rescuers, since an article at philly.com goes on to state: “The fighting dogs are not available for adoption…”

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time April 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

A follow up: The dogs are being held as evidence “for however long that takes” (WHYY [NPR] News). No mention of final disposition.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time April 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Only wished that they could have sped up their “months and months of investigation” and spared so much torture and death of the dogs. Exposing and ending animal cruelty in any form requires URGENT intervention.

Comment from Kelly
Time April 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

Throw away the key!!

Safe travels, John.

Comment from Pat DeWald
Time April 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

HSUS needs to re-think Michael Vick as a spokes person for their anti-dog fighting campaign.