The Humane Society of Missouri, working with numerous federal agencies, coordinated the rescue of and is currently sheltering 378 dogs suspected of being used for illegal dog fighting. Yesterday federal and state officers made arrests and seized dogs in five states including Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional arrests were made in Arkansas and Mississippi.
ANIMAL RESCUE, TRANSPORT AND TRIAGE
Under contract with the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force, working with partners from the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States, is coordinating the multi-location effort to safely remove, transport and shelter the dogs. All pit bulls seized in Missouri and Illinois will be taken to a secure facility where the Humane Society of Missouri will conduct triage of each animal, document any evidence of dog fighting and oversee care for and shelter of the animals. All animals will receive a complete veterinary examination and necessary on-going veterinary care. The dogs will be cared for by the Humane Society of Missouri and its partners until final disposition by the United States District Court.
If you live in Missouri you can also get involved through the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.