The latest in the nationwide effort to curb the growing epidemic of dog fighting occurred in Boston. There, reports the Boston Herald:
Eleven dogs, some seriously injured and one of them dead, that were part of a suspected fighting ring were hauled out of a basement in Dorchester yesterday after a tip led investigators to the door, police said.
Police report that investigators were hit with a “wall of stench” when they busted into the home and found the animals.
A local paper, the Dorchester Reporter, provides more details, noting that
the dogs, which were described as “pit bull-like,” were rescued from the basement of the house, where “police found them crying in crates covered in urine, feces and blood.”
According to Police Captain Richard Sexton:
[T]he dogs were either being held in metal pens, crates, chain link cages or chained to walls. The animals had no access to food or water….
After [they] were released from their crates, several dogs were visibly limping while one, who could not walk, had to be carried to the animal rescue vehicle. In addition to the dogs, detectives noted a crate containing four rabbits who all appeared to be undernourished. Detectives further noted that the basement floor was strewn with shredded newspaper and feces and the windows were all blocked with wood or other coverings to prevent anyone from seeing into the basement.”
The canines are now in the custody of the Animal Rescue League. Meanwhile, no arrests have been made so far. However, police are in contact with a man out of state who admits the dogs belong to him.
The story comes less than a week after a report that an Indianapolis couple charged with what has been called that city’s “largest dog fighting bust in history” were charged with home detention and little more.
That the authorities are on the case, pursuing every lead in ferreting out this unspeakable form of animal abuse, if the penalty is going to be a slap on the wrist, one might ask why bother?
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