ARL Takes in Dogs Rescued from Alleged South Carolina Dog Fighting Operation


Photo courtesy of Animal Rescue League of Boston. Frida is one of three dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting operations. She will be available for adoption very soon.

Thanks to the Animal Rescue League of Boston for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

Late last week ,the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) received a special transport of three dogs from the national organization the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that were rescued from a large alleged dog fighting operation in South Carolina that was raided by federal officials in September of 2022. ARL encourages potential adopters to keep an eye on ARL's website, as the dogs are expected to become available in a matter of days.

The female dogs range from 2 to 3 years-old, and have received thorough medical examinations once in the care of ARL. Aside from scars that are typical of dogs that have suffered in this type of situation, one dog did need a mass removed, one dog required the extraction of several teeth, and one dog will need ongoing medication for allergies that have caused skin irritation.

The dogs are friendly, but given the circumstances they came from, they are understandably nervous around new people. ARL staff and volunteers are continuously working with the animals to increase their confidence and comfort level around people. With the trauma behind them, ARL is looking forward to helping these resilient dogs find the homes they deserve.

Photo courtesy of Animal Rescue League of Boston. Sadiri is one of three friendly, resilient dogs who will be available for adoption from the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Case Background

On September 25, 2022, HSUS assisted the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Office of the Inspector General to seize approximately 275 from multiple properties in the Columbia, South Carolina area as part of an ongoing investigation by the USDA, OIG, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

ARL describes the conditions these animals were found in as horrific, with many dogs living in pens or chained to trees with barrels or makeshift shelter serving as their only protection from the elements. The dogs were suffering from a variety of injuries typically found in dog fighting situations including severe scarring, festering open wounds, lacerations, abscesses, and broken bones consistent with multiple bite wounds.

Additionally, many of the dogs were found to be dehydrated, underweight or emaciated, and infested with fleas and other parasites.

Most of the dogs were adults; however, there were multiple nursing litters of puppies removed from the properties as well.

While a portion of the 275 dogs have been surrendered and can now be placed for adoption, many are still receiving care in confidential locations while the court process determines custody.

Photo courtesy of Animal Rescue League of Boston. After being treated at the Animal Rescue League of Boston following rescue from an alleged dog fighting operation, Birch will soon be available for adoption.

The Animal Welfare Act makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in federal prison to fight dogs or to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive, or transport dogs intended for use in dogfighting.

ARL is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is funded by supporters to help animals in need. Founded in 1899, it provides veterinary care, adoption, and rescue services. It confronts the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect through innovative community programs, police investigations and advocacy. In 2022, ARL served 20,601 animals throughout Massachusetts.

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