“Ginja,” a canine victim of a dogfighting ring, had been rescued by a Buffalo, New York Animal Shelter after being seized in a felony animal cruelty case. Sadly enough, her owner was a peace officer who is now in the process of facing four felony counts of training dogs for the purposes of fighting. If everything about this case is not bad enough, now Ginja has been abducted from the shelter! A $7,000 reward is being offered for the dog’s safe return.
Ginja and three other dogs were removed from the owner’s home. All of the dogs were malnourished. When the owner was released from jail, Ginja disappeared from the shelter.
Thankfully, Mr. Matt Albert, an animal rights attorney got in on the game and contacted the Guardians of Rescue to help him with the efforts of locating Ginja and making certain that the dog was returned to safety.
Upon hearing about the horrific details of this case, animal rescue group, Guardians of Rescue, added $5,000 to the $2000 already raised by Mr. Albert to aid in Ginja’s return. The Guardians of Rescue have also brought in a former FBI agent who is dedicated to this cause. Concerned advocates, who have dubbed themselves as “Ginja’s Gang” have been sweeping the city and handing out fliers to spread the word of Ginja’s reward.
"Ginja had found love at the shelter, and it’s depressing knowing she is probably having to fight for her life again," says Matt Albert.
"The dog fighters are motivated in this cruel sport in part by money, so it is our intention to appeal to them on their level,” says Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. "It is our hope that someone with connections to this ring will be enticed to receive the reward. We fear she was stolen from the shelter to be returned to the fighting arena to continue earning money. This would surely result in more horrific injuries and her ultimate death. One look at the photos taken of her at the shelter proves this to be true - they are heartbreaking,” says Misseri.
“We are doing everything we can to help get the word out about this case, and encourage the community to help in the search,” says Misseri. “We won’t stop searching until she is found and we are able to give this loving dog the life she truly deserves.”
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. To find out more about the search for Ginja or to make a donation please visit: http://www.youcaring.com/other/where-is-sweet-ginja-/151740 or to learn more about Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.