7 dogs covered in fleas, marks, and kept in terrible conditions were rescued from suspected dogfighting operation in Gaston County, North Carolina, on Wednesday.
The dogs, which ranged in age from young puppy to adult, were required to wear heavy chains and maintained outdoors with just a barrel or dilapidated wooden shacks for sanctuary.
Gaston County Authorities Department looked out to the possible dogfighting operation by worried residents. They arrived this week with a search warrant and seized all the canines from the 1.5-acre property.
With the help of The Humane Culture of the United States (HSUS), the canines were required to an undisclosed location to get medical care. Rescuers noted that although the dogs were kept in horrible conditions they all wagged their tails and were eager for attention.
A video shared by HSUS, revealed some of the dogs barking as they wagged their tails as if they were saying, “Get me out of right here.” All the dogs were underweight and had marks on their face and front legs, consistent with injuries seen in dogfighting cases.
” It is gut-wrenching to think of the violence and pain these canines have actually been required to endure,” claimed Gail Thomssen, North Carolina state director for the Humane Culture of the United States. “We are thankful to the Gaston County Cops Department for obtaining these dogs desperately required help. Thanks to everybody involved, today is the last day that these dogs will certainly have to live like this.”.
Captain Billy Downey of the Gaston Region Police Department is making sure this situation is prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law. “Members of various units within the Gaston Region Police have actually worked together to thoroughly examine this circumstance and arrest the organizer of this alleged dogfighting ring. This is an energetic and on-going investigation we will continue to pursue.”.
Rico Pagan, 49, was taken into custody and charged with 3 counts of felony dogfighting and twelve counts of felony animal ruthlessness. He is presently in jail awaiting his first court look.
Look at the difference a day surrounded by love produces the rescued canines in the video listed below. The shy and shy dogs are smiling and relaxed for possibly the first time in their life. All the canines will be set up for adoption, consisting of 4-month-old Captain Rollins, after they have been examined and undergo the court procedure.
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Dogfighting is unlawful and a felony offense in all 50 states. If you suspect or see anything suspicious be sure to report it to local authorities. We require to be the voice for the voiceless and put an end to dogfighting.