Huge Dog Fighting Operation in Detroit Busted, 130+ Dogs Rescued
133 dogs were recently rescued from a huge dog fighting operation in Detroit. It's believed to be the largest operation to combat dogfighting in Michigan's history.
Even though it's believed all 133 dogs will survive, Bark Nation, an animal nonprofit out of Detroit is asking for urgent donations to help care for the dogs. They believe that with daily care and post-seizure work, it'll cost more than $74,000. So far (as of writing this article), they've managed to raise just over $38K.
According to Bark Nation's post on Instagram, earlier this week, Bark Nation’s National Animal Response Unit deployed 66 responders to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement officers with the documentation and removal of 133 dogs from suspected dogfighting operations throughout multiple properties in the Detroit, Michigan area.
It just blows me away that in this day and age, people are still using dogs in such a cruel way. The whole thing is so disgusting and heartbreaking. Hopefully, those that were involved will get the maximum punishment for these crimes.
Bark Nation Director of Operations, Jessica Brown:
The majority of the dogs rescued were found living outdoors, attached to heavy tow-style chains with minimal shelter from the elements. Many required immediate medical care for a variety of injuries and illnesses. We are hopeful all will recover successfully and be able to begin their life after dogfighting.
Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states and is also a federal offense.