(The AEGIS Alliance) – Dogs by the hundreds have been saved and greater than twenty individuals have been apprehended as a component of what authorities called the most extensive bust of a dogfighting operation that’s ever happened in South Carolina.
The bust started on Saturday when federal agents disrupted an arranged dogfight event in Richland County. The following early morning a crew of 60 officers raided the Midlands, carrying out 23 search warrants at a number of properties and companies “that were known dogfighting kennels or associated with dogfighting,” U.S. Attorney Adair Boroughs pointed out on Monday in a press release.
While their specific places were unclear, authorities mentioned the operation stretched over a number of counties, consisting of Richland, York, Orangeburg, Clarendon, Lee, and Sumter.
Overall, 305 canines have been saved, along with 275 thought to be connected with dog fighting, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated. They are presently being taken care of by the Humane Society of the United States as well as Bark Nation.
Kitty Block, president, and chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States, lamented the reality that dogfights remain to be prevalent while commending the dogs’ toughness.
“Even after the many years, we have worked to protect dogs from the calculated brutality that dogfighting perpetuates, our responders are still struck by the resilience of these dogs who have suffered unthinkable cruelty,” Block stated.
Authorities additionally confiscated roughly 30 guns, $40,000 of cash money, as well as a variety of evidence associated with dogfighting in the course of the busts.
“To force dogs to fight, often to the death, for the enjoyment of others is not only a federal crime, it is also cruel, sadistic, and can create a haven for other illicit activities involving drugs and firearms,” Boroughs stated. “This joint operation, which has been months in the making, makes clear that dogfighting operations will find no refuge here in South Carolina.”
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