367 dogs were reportedly rescued on Friday in what might be the U.S.’s second-largest dogfighting ring bust in history.  An extensive, three-year investigation in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Texas resulted in a multi-state raid where the Humane Society and the ASPCA rescued emaciated and injured dogs.  Temporary emergency shelters are being used to care for the dogs, which range from just a few days old up to 12 years old.  In one yard, 114 dogs were chained in excessive heat with no access to food, water, or adequate shelter.  Remains of dead animals were found on several properties that were raided.  Authorities also found firearms, drugs, and a half a million dollars in cash.  U.S. Attorney George Beck Jr. says the size of this raid shows how “extensive this underworld of dogfighting is.”  Beck also accused the defendants of betting between $5,000 and $200,000 a fight.  Authorities arrested 11 people of violating the federal dogfighting and gambling statutes.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama; the Auburn, Alabama, police; and the FBI teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to investigate the dogfighting.  According to the ASPCA, many of the dogs exhibited wounds, scars, or other conditions “consistent with dogfighting.”  A 30-count federal indictment charges that from 2009 to 2013, the 11 suspects conspired to promote and sponsor dogfighting and to possess, buy, sell, transport and deliver dogs for fighting.

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