As reported by the ASPCA, approximately 50 dogs were rescued from what would look like a regular residence in the Bronx. The animals were all under five years old and were living in the basement of a six story apartment building. The space was being used as a makeshift dog fighting arena.
This basement area would make any animal advocate cringe. It had crude wooden cages and space for about 100 spectators to watch what is considered to be a felony – animal fighting. Once discovered, the building’s superintendent was taken into custody and charged with this felony, according to the ASPCA.
In the basement, authorities found a loaded .25-caliber handgun, money in United States currency and dog treadmills, harnesses, muzzles, syringes and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts – all things associated with dog fighting.
The dogs were all rescued from this horror. Many of the animals found were covered with scarring and injuries from the organized “brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” as stated by the Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. The director also stated, “We’re determined to protect New York City’s animals from this form of cruelty.”
The dogs were taken to a temporary shelter to be examined by the ASPCA’s emergency response medical team. According to the ASPCA, they will “continue to provide legal support to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office to help prosecute the case.”
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