46 Pit Bulls Stolen From Memphis Shelter

46 pit bulls were stolen from the Memphis Animal Shelter this past weekend.

The missing pit bulls were dogs that were seized during a dog-fighting raid about a month ago.

Officials said that someone or a group of people somehow got into the shelter and walked out with the pit bulls.

“This happened during the time of the weekend. It was not something that could have happened in five or ten minutes, seeing the nature of the dogs, seeing they are pit bulls, maybe the person was familiar with these dogs,” said Monique Martin, of the Memphis Police Department.

There were no signs of a break-in or any broken glass or windows. Authorities said the suspects got into the shelter through one of the doors.

21 of the dogs that are missing are adults, and the other 25 are puppies.

In October, police charged two men with animal cruelty and dog fighting after finding the 46 pit bulls while responding to an assault call.

Source: My Fox Memphis

(Thanks Emilie)

13 Responses to “46 Pit Bulls Stolen From Memphis Shelter”

  1. Gindy says:

    The cops need to check out the people they arrested the first time and all their associates. My bet, some of the good ole boys’ buddies dognapped the animals to start operations all over again in some other county or state.

  2. Lynne says:

    Gindy, that was my first thought too.

  3. Debra says:

    Am I naive in thinking there should be someone on site at all times?

  4. Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie says:

    We’re cynics enough to wonder what would show up if the cops went through the people working at this shelter.

  5. Tanya says:

    As sad as it is to say, this is one of the reasons most cities euthanize any dog associated with dog fighting, even if it is not violent and seems adoptable.

    Various humane assocuations around the country have proven that vets, shelter workers, vet techs, cops, seemingly “nice and innocent families”, are all being paid off to provide dogs (espeically ones already familar with the ring) to fighters.

    In denver, the shelters discussed at length what to do, and decided euthanasia would be better than pershaps being sold back into a life of fighting.

    The people who were all coming out of the woodwork to adopt Vic’s dogs, for example - i would bet of those, many were indirectly related to some ring, somehwere, and probably at least 1/4 of those dogs will be back fighting at some time.

    Dog fighting is so sick, i can’t even wrap my tired old brain around it.

  6. Chuck U. Farley says:

    Just because they were quietly walked out of the shelter doesn’t neccessarily mean they were taken by someone they were familiar with. If these are game-bred dogs with a correct Pit Bull temperament, they WILL happily greet anyone with kisses and walk away with a stranger without hesitation.

    That’s not to say the people who took them weren’t the ones they were taken from to begin with, but for investigators to assume they were the ONLY people who could have stolen them is short-sighted.

  7. mittens says:

    criminals break into other people’s property which makes sense because it is only criminals who participate in dog fighting. no surprises here whatsoever- the lack of violent entry just indicates either an inside job( criminals tend to have lots of ill gotten booty to pay off some underpaid shelter staffer) or professionals used to breaking and entry as a job.

    that or additional unhelpful ‘do gooders’ dont want the dogs to die for ‘ humane’ reasons- which in most cases is unfortunately the only option for animals brutalized to fight. these aren’t freakin’ lap dogs if they were removed from fighting conditions.

    chuck- uh dogs bred for fighting can in no way be assumed to have this fanciful ‘ correct Pit Bull temperment’. applying the behavior of loving , carefully raised house pets to tortured animals just because they are the same breed does no good to salvaging the pit bull image. ive seen a fighting dog rip a pet poodle apart and take a school child down unprovoked- hardly kisses and happy greetings. fighting dogs, pit bulls or not ,are highly damaged goods- psychologically and physically. in all likelihood someone familair with the dogs took them-it’s the most logical bet given the circumstances and the fact that to a dog fighter they represent a money investment and a tool of the trade- a fur covered money machine- that makes getting them back akin to getting back money or product from someone that burned you in a drug deal.

    and drugged meat is not out of the question in such circumstances.there are plenty of ways to subdue confined animals if the shelter itself already didnt have specific controls in place to begin with.

  8. toni says:

    My suggestion is to look at an inside employee. How else would anyone know how and when to break in? Bet there’s a guy working at the shelter that fights dogs. I live in Memphis and let me tell you it is rampant. There is poor enforcement of anti-fighting laws and poor sentencing as well. The shelter is relatively new and there is of course little in the way of a security system. It is in a part of town that sees alot of crime. No one seems to raise any eyebrows but me. This is a town full of apathetic, uncaring people. I’d love some advise on raising the level of activism here. Any help???

  9. kathy says:

    No evidence, no crime.

  10. kaefamily says:

    It’s an INSIDE job! It does not take much brain cells to figure that out. Want to catch the criminals? Arrest some of the shelter’s employees!

  11. Sylvia says:

    46 DOGS MISSING??? Great security………..

  12. Nora and Rufus says:

    Did PETA strike again? Or was it dog fighters? I hope those poor dogs are all right. Is the shelter somewhere isolated enough that no one would notice 46 dogs being taken out?????? Sad to say, many shelters are on outskirts of towns where this could happen.

  13. Chuck U. Farley says:

    mittens says:
    dogs bred for fighting can in no way be assumed to have this fanciful ‘ correct Pit Bull temperment’.

    You need to do some studying and research on dogfighting (and on dogs in general, I think) because that statement right there is wrong, wrong, wrong. Breed standards for EVERY breed of dog have specific guidelines for what is a correct temperament and what is not acceptable behavior. German Shepherds should not be shy and fearful, Border Collies should not be afraid of large animals and American Pit Bull Terriers should not be aggressive toward humans. It’s pretty clearly laid out in the UKC breed standard.

    “The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog. The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable. This breed does very well in performance events because of its high level of intelligence and its willingness to work.”

    The standard also lists “viciousness or extreme shyness” as a disqualifying fault.

    If you go read anything by the “old school” dogfighters from 40 or 50 (or more) years ago you’ll find that “manbiters” were almost always killed the first time they showed aggression toward a person. People were always in the pit with the dogs during the entire fight and they could not have a dog attacking the handlers when the dogs were pulled apart and made to “scratch” again. A dog like those guys bred would stay there and let you beat it to death without biting you, but would readily try to kill another dog with very little provocation.

    The Pit Bulls you see today that maul and kill people are NOT dogs that truly represent what the APBT is supposed to be. They are poorly-bred curs that would have been destroyed for their unsound temperament had they been born many many years ago. Unscrupulous and ignorant breeders have all but ruined what was once a great breed.

    Oh, and while you’re out getting some real facts and knowledge about the APBT, see if you can’t learn about the difference between a dog showing aggression toward people and toward other dogs. Two totally different things, they are.


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