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Orange County AS reaching out to dog rescues to care for 30 confiscated dogs

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Orange County Animal Services in Florida is appealing to dog rescue organizations and qualified foster care parents to help care for 30 pit bulls who were confiscated in May in Apoka after a major dog fighting bust. More than two dozen people were arrested.

Many of the dogs were emaciated. A mother dog and her newborn puppies were also rescued. Authorities found a raccoon and other small animals, including chickens and rabbits in cages, that were used as bait to teach the dogs to fight.

Inside of the home were punching bags for the dogs to bite as well as treadmills. Marijuana plants, steroids and other drugs used to make the dogs stronger for fighting were also recovered.

Read the complete story of the dog fighting operation by clicking here.

According to Wednesday's Orlando.com, the Orange County Animal Services has obtained custody of all of the dogs and need them to be rescued and out of their facility by the end of the business day on Thursday.

"If you are a rescue, and you are interested in working with the shelter to bring one of these dogs into your program, email rescue.coordinator@ocfl.net. If you want to volunteer to foster a dog locally, Orlando Bully Rescue is working to take some of these dogs into its care and posted on Facebook today that people interested in fostering can email the group at orlandobullyrescue@yahoo.com."

On the Orlando Bully Rescue's Facebook page, the following was posted:

"Orlando Bully Rescue spent this afternoon visiting the Apopka Fight Dogs... We will be making some new additions to the rescue, and we are reaching out asking for everyone's help and support in this matter. If you have fostered for us before, are looking to foster for us now, or would like to get more involved in the rehabilitation of some of these Apopka dogs please email us at orlandobullyrescue@yahoo.com."

Please make sure you watch the video of the rescued dogs. You will fall in love. Please share their stories and help these dogs find safe quarters until they are all ready to be adopted. Sharing saves lives. Even if you aren't able to help, another organization may be able to step forward and temporarily foster some of the dogs.

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