In another dogfight raid, this time in Detroit, Michigan, over 50 people were arrested and $27,000 in cash was seized. Two dozen authorities, including DEA agents and Michigan Humane Society officers were acting on a tip when they busted a dogfight that was being held in a garage on 12:30 AM, Monday. Three handguns, cocaine and marijuana were also confiscated at the crime scene.
Authorities stormed in just as two pit bulls had started to fight and they were able to stop the match between the dogs. Most of the patrons were arrested as well as the fight promoters. Attendees of these events, along with the fight’s ring leaders face felony animal fighting charges. These charges carry up to four years in prison if convicted. Those identified as organizers and promoters will face additional charges and fines.
One of the dogs being used for the fight is having is injuries treated by the Humane Society. As The Canine Bark previously reported, breaking up these dog fighting rings is notoriously difficult as the parties involved operate in complete secrecy. This highly successful raid on the part of Detroit’s Wayne County Sheriff’s office is especially significant because it is the first successful dog fighting raid in five years.
Spectators are privately invited to the fights, which are often run like boxing matches, complete with weigh-ins, wagers and cover charges. Treated as an accepted form of entertainment, the dogs, whom are bred and trained to fight are placed in a pit or arena where they are unleashed against one another until one dog dies or is unable to continue fighting.
We must put a stop to these grotesque actions. If you suspect a dog fighting organization, immediately contact your local Humane Society or ASPCA office. Anonymous tips are vital to bringing this practice to an end and saving innocent animals. For more information on dog fighting and what you can do to help, please click here.