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Raids on suspected dog fighting operations rescue 46 dogs

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | August 06, 2012 | Comments (15)

Dog rescued from alleged dog fighting operation

Forty-six dogs were rescued over the weekend. Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement in Kalamazoo, Michigan, led raids on two establishments allegedly running dogfighting operations. Some of the dogs seized had scarring consistent with dogfighting and both homes had suspected dogfighting paraphernalia. The raids were the result of an anonymous tip and a long investigation. Charges are expected to be laid against two men; one of the men has been previously convicted on a dogfighting offence. 

"In fighting situations like this, if they know they’re going to get raided if they don’t have a place to shuffle them off to, they will kill the dogs and bury them. We wanted to make sure nothing would happen to the dogs on this property, or to affect our smooth operation," said Stephen Lawrence, Kalamazoo County Animal Services.

Many of the dogs were tethered outside with heavy chains around their necks and were sleeping in makeshift kennels made out of metal drums (see video below). One property had large amounts of blood found inside a garage. 

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team, the Kalamazoo Humane Society and Hello Bully assisted authorities with rescuing of the dogs found on the premises. The rescue groups helped to free the dogs and take them to veterinarians who were on site to examine the dogs for evidence of dogfighting and to administer any health attention that may have been necessary.

Without the assistance of the rescues, the dogs would likely have to be put down by Kalamazoo County Animal Control. The HSUS removed the dogs to a temporary shelter for further evaluation and rehabilitation and hope to find homes for the dogs out of state.

Tips on suspected dog fighting activities can be called through to 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787).

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Comments on this Article

sur thing Mary... I spoke with Elizabeth who's from the HSUS where the dogs will be handled or are being handled. She called me back at 4:48pm yesterday.
Am so confused by this information Bcuz when I called they told me no one named Beth would B involved with the dogs in Kalamazoo, they referred me 2 Jeanette Reevers. I left a voice message 4 her but have heard nothing. Monday I will start the process again. The first person I spoke with was a man in Kalamazoo. He was very nice & seemed genuine. Monday I will start with him again, just 2 C if he refers me 2 the folks in Washington, D.C. My EMail:Tdsmom29@gmail.com if U want 2 communicate with me. Thanks so much 4 communicating your findings, will have 2 sort out the information, hopefully Monday.
Hi Mary K. I received a call back from Beth today she informed me that the dogs from the raid was going to be going through getting checked out by their doctors and allowed some time to adjust and calm down a bit then the dogs will be handled by another agency who will then access their demeanor and retrain them to be fit to be re-homed. She said it would be some time but to stay in touch if all liked. Glad to hear you also are interested as so many of us have a heart. Who could do such evil to such loving creatures. God forgive them
Attempted 2 use Karen's info regarding the adoption process, by contacting the HSUS in Washington D.C. contact person Beth. Was referred 2 Jeanette Reever, left voicemail message. Hopefully, some good & solid info regarding adoption of the confiscated dogs in Kalamazoo, Mich. Will B forthcoming.
thx Angelaw827 but after calling that number I was told they ARE NOT handling the adoptions for the dogs from the raid. I was told it's HSUS. So here's the info... The Humane Society of the United States 2100 L St., NW Washington, D.C. 20037 Phone: 202-452-1100 Monday—Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday—Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time. Hard to reach someone, but if you press ZERO it will put you with Beth who handles adoptions...
When I watch a video like this I think that human beings are the most viscious animals of all....those poor babies. Im going to hug my two beasts a little tighter tonight....
Yea! Another dogfighting ring bites the dust! Thank you for saving them! They all looked pretty well behaved to me which will hopefully help them be adopted quickly.
Great job rescuers! From the footage shown, these dogs are still friendly and hopefully most will be deemed adoptable. I'm encouraged by the positive comments so far. Especially that two out of so few, thus far, are interested in adopting.
FYI: Dogs confiscated in Michigan, as a result of Dog Fighting Ring Sting, CANNOT remain in Michigan. They must B rehomed/adopted in another state. Any dog, not adopted will B put down! Please, people, these animals R victims of their previous owners/abusers. Let's give them ALL a chance 2 experience LOVE & CARING. Call (269) 345 1181, to put your name on the list 2 B considered as a potential adopter. Thank U 4 taking the time 2 Bcome a HERO 2 a mistreated animal.
This makes me weep!! But most of all, it makes me mad and very, very sad. How so called human beings could do this to these beautiful animals is beyond me. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the person who stepped up and reported this to the authorities. Even after all their hardships, these babies still wagged their tails, even if just a little bit. God Bless the rescuers and the brave person who contacted them.
God Bless You for saving these precious dogs!!!
Hey All! I figured I'd do some of my own research and think our best bet is to get in contact with the following organizations if you're interested in adopting one of these dogs: Kalamazoo County Animal Services Phone: 269-383-8775, Fax: 269-383-8713 The Kalamazoo Humane Society (269) 345-1181 Hope this helps :-)
I live in Daytona Beach, Florida. 1st thank U all so much 4 rescuing the abused & mistreated dogs in Michigan. 2nd I am more than willing 2 adopt one of the rescued dogs, after they have been cleared 4 adoption. I have 2 spayed females now, so either sex would be acceptable. Please feel free 2 contact me at Tdsmom29@gmail.com Once again thank U & keep up the great work.
I am interested in adopting one of the dogs from the "Raid of 46 dogs in Michigan". If anyone knows how I can contact the right people to make this happen please respond. I am willing to pay for ALL travel costs.
Great job!! Great people!! thank you!!
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