In June, the ASPCA and New York police seized 47 dogs, including puppies, from a Bronx basement apartment where they were allegedly being trained to fight in an illegal dog fighting operation.
The rescued dogs were found starving, scarred and bloodied by the abusive conditions they were forced into and many wondered whether they would eventually be able to live happy lives. Read the story of the rescue here, including comments from concerned readers.
Since June, the dogs have received healthy food, exercise, socialization and, most importantly, love. Most of the dogs rescued will now be available for adoption. Unfortunately, 17 were evaluated to have severe medical or behavioral problems and have been euthanized. In total, 33 dogs will be up for adoption.
The dogs are currently being held at various animal rescue centers, so if you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, you can contact the shelters at the following numbers for more information:
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, NJ): 973-377-2295
Charles Henderson Animal Rescue (Brooklyn, NY): 347-420-0658
ASPCA Adoption Center (Manhattan): 212-876-7700 ext. 4120
You can also watch a video of some of the puppies rescued from the ring who are now in foster families here.