A three-year investigation ended with the arrest of 10 people in the largest dog-fighting bust in U.S. history.
The U.S. Department of Justice says on Friday, agents executed 13 search warrants, 11 in Alabama and two in Georgia. Agents seized 367 pit bull terriers that appeared as if they had been fought multiple times, along with guns, illegal narcotics, drugs used to treat and train dogs, and other evidence indicative of dog fighting.
During the course of the investigation, agents also seized over $500,000 from dog fighters involved in this organization.
Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States said the arrests did not occur where dog fighting occurred, rather at homes where dogs were found on short, heavy chains staked into theground.
"Despite being neglected and kept in substandard conditions, these dogs welcomed the food, water and veterinary car, and love that we provided," he said.
"The number of dogs seized and the amount of money involved in this in case shows how extensive this underworld of dog fighting is. These dog fighters abuse, starve and kill their dogs for the supposed ‘fun' of watching and gambling on a dog fight. Their behavior is deplorable, will not be tolerated, and will be punished to the full extent of the law," said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr.
"This series of raids should remind dogfighters everywhere that they are not beyond the reach of law and their da of reckoning will come," said Pacelle.