Missouri authorities seized 25 pit bulls and a beagle from a barn in Stoddard County, Missouri at one of the state’s largest dogfighting rings.
Police officers arrested three men on dogfighting charges. One of the men arrested is well known in Southern Missouri for animal fighting.
Investigators found various dogfighting evidence: treadmills, medical supplies, and journals detailing fights. Many of the dogs seized showed injuries and scars.
A Humane Society spokeswoman said the dogs are being held as evidence, and once the court case is over, their behavior will be evaluated.
“It’s possible that they could be placed in a special adoptive situation, like a pit bull rescue organization, with people who have experience with pit bulls as companion animals,” she said. “But it would be very special and under just the right circumstances.”
Investigators said that even though dogfighting is a felony in Missouri, it is believed that it happens regularly in every county.
“Generally, our tips are very generic, and it’s tough to get in there and do something about it,” an investigator said. “That’s why this tip was so good â€” they actually named names and the location. They were in the process of setting up a fight that night.”
This dogfighting raid is the largest of any other raid in at least five years in Missouri.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch