On Saturday night, animal cruelty officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA broke up a dog-fighting ring in progress on the 1200 block of South 35th Street. Four dogs have been rescued – two “pitbull type dogs on Saturday night and two more dogs on Sunday morning left alone in vehicles.
According to the organization, 14 people have been arrested and officials also confiscated drugs, two guns, cash and a wooden open, bloodied ring used as the venue for the dog fights. The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team’s investigation led police to the location where they surveilled the property and observed a dog fight in progress. Both the PSPCA officers and Philadelphia police entered the property – rescuing the dogs and arresting the suspects.
The dogs that had been engaged in battle were transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they underwent care and treatment for their deep wounds. Both dogs have been reported to be in stable condition and will remain in the custody of the PSPCA until their owners surrender them or a judge makes the decision where the dogs will go after the court case.
The other two dogs found on Sunday morning are also being treated.
“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”
Dog fighting crimes hold a felony charge. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Pennsylvania’s SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.
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(Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania SPCA)
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