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Just final week, the Humane Society of the United States labored in cooperation with federal brokers, native regulation enforcement, a number of veterinarians, and the non-profit group Bark Nation to take down what’s believed to be the biggest suspected canine preventing community in South Carolina historical past.

Federal officers executed search and seizure warrants at ten properties and located a whole lot of canines desperately needing medical care. 


Officials executed their investigation throughout a scheduled canine combat and have been capable of instantly rescue 14 canines. Then, a day later, they despatched brokers to websites throughout the state suspected of getting used for preventing.

But what they discovered once they arrived was extra terrible than they imagined. The poor pups endured countless accidents, have been denied meals, and lived in nightmarish circumstances. Many canines have been tied down by heavy chains and residing exterior with nothing greater than an overturned barrel for cover from the weather.

Many of the pups had accidents in step with dogfighting, with dozens affected by extreme scarring, bruising, and contaminated open wounds. They additionally noticed typical canine preventing accidents, together with lacerations, abscesses, deep puncture wounds, and damaged bones. It was additionally obvious that many canines suffered untreated fractures that had not healed correctly.


“It’s truly distressing to come upon dogs who are severely injured yet chained to trees or left to languish in a pen instead of getting the care they desperately need,” stated Adam Parascandola, vp of the animal rescue workforce for the Humane Society of the United States.

Most of the canines, together with pregnant and nursing moms, additionally had no obvious entry to meals or water whereas being stored in soiled pens and tiny, wired cages. Many canines have been excessively skinny and confirmed positive indicators of malnourishment. 


This operation is a part of an ongoing investigation by the USDA OIG and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. It is a felony punishable by as much as 5 years in federal jail for preventing canines or for possessing, coaching, promoting, shopping for, delivering, receiving, or transporting canines meant to be used in a combat. 

Dog preventing is heinous and infrequently contains breeding and conditioning canines to dislike each other. Dogs pressured to combat usually die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or an infection whereas enduring an countless cycle of mistreatment and abuse. 

Some canines die after a single combat, whereas others escape alive and proceed to face horrific abuse. 


The canines rescued from this operation are being transported to secure, undisclosed areas the place they are going to obtain rapid medical care. 

Featured Image: Meredith Lee through Facebook/HumaneSociety

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