A dog fighting ring has been found and stopped this week after state authorities freed 367 pit bulls from a terrible fighting ring, arresting 11 people in the process and shutting down an operation that was worth over a half a million dollars. According to the Inquisitr this Monday, Aug. 26, state authorities in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama came together to save the abused animals, rescuing the dogs and charging the suspects with various crimes, including animal abuse, illicit gambling, and other counts.
The dog fighting ring is believed to have been in effect from 2009 to 2013, and included over 367 pit bulls that were ruthlessly used to fight one another in brutal battles. The U.S. Attorney Beck Jr. may have been right to say in a well-known statement: “Truly, the lowest ring of hell is reserved for those who abuse innocent animals.”
While Beck may never know for sure, he is aiming to give the 11 suspects arrested of running the pit bull trafficking and dog fighting ring some very long sentences in prison for their crimes. He added:
“It’s really a sad day to me and a sad day of affairs in the state of Alabama to have to even indulge in this type of criminal activity and prosecution… I believe if Dante were alive today and were rewriting ‘The Inferno,’ that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and to our children.”
It is believed that up to $200,000 was being bet on a single “match” in the dog fighting ring, a sign of the money that some people will pay just to see a terrible form of animal violence and brutality. As for this, U.S. Attorney Beck has some more choice words for these villains and pit bull abusers:
“These dog fighters abuse, starve and kill their dogs for the supposed ‘fun’ of watching and gambling on a dogfight. Their behavior is deplorable, will not be tolerated, and the 11 will be punished to the full extent of the law.”
Officials are now looking into first taking care of these injured animals, and trying to tending to the extent of some of the 367 freed pit bulls injuries. While many may want to take some of these dogs as pets into their homes with good intentions, officials first have said they need to see how safe these animals may be after years of forced fighting.
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