On Friday, the New York Police Department's Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and the ASPCA Investigative Team raided a home on 196th Street near 118th Avenue in Queens and found a disturbing house of horrors for 20 dogs suspected of being victims of an alleged dog fighting operation reported the Daily News.
As authorities entered the house, five emaciated pit bulls were discovered wearing huge weighted collars around their necks. Fifteen other starving dogs were found in cages in the garage. None of the dogs had food or water. What was equally as appalling were the blood soaked walls, a fighting arena, blood stained treadmill and a large battery with connected electrical cables; all equipment used when training dogs to fight. A concrete cover, which prevented any light from entering had globs of animal hair.
Brother and sister, Adison Holder, 44, and Keisha Hall, 33, were arrested and charged with dog fighting and drug possession. Ecstacy and methamphetanines were also found.
According to Matthew Bershaker, President and CEO of the ASPCA:
“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture. Through our partnership, the ASPCA and the NYPD are determined to protect New York City’s animals from this form of cruelty and bring their abusers to justice.”
Holder and Hall are being held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
All of the dogs have been relocated to the ASPCA where they will undergo behavior rehabilitation which includes specialized care and socialization enrichment work with trained behaviorists. If you are interested in helping any of these dogs, please call 212.876.7700 or click here.
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