Hundreds of Dogs Rescued in Dog Fighting Bust

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Breaking news from the ASPCA

367 dogs, many without available food and fresh water and who forced to live tethered to heavy chains in filthy conditions, have been rescued in what’s believed to be the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history.

From their website:

At the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the ASPCA is on the ground assisting in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid across the southern U.S. Hundreds of dogs have been seized in the case along with suspected dog fighting paraphernalia.

After a three-year investigation initiated by the Auburn Police, 13 search warrants were executed Friday morning, Aug. 23, throughout AlabamaMississippiGeorgia and Texas. Ten suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges. Federal and local officials also seized firearms and drugs, as well as more than $500,000 in cash from dog fighting gambling activities that took place over the course of the investigation.

The dogs, ranging in age from just several days to 10-12 years, had been left to suffer in extreme heat with no visible fresh water or food. Many are emaciated with scars and wounds consistent with dog fighting, and some were tethered by chains and cables that were attached to cinder blocks and car tires.

ASPCA responders and responders from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) helped manage the removal and transport of the dogs to temporary emergency shelters in undisclosed locations, where responders are providing veterinary care and behavior enrichment. Responders also assisted authorities with collecting forensic evidence to be submitted for prosecution.

Several other animal welfare groups from all over the country assisted with the operation.

Bravo to these heroes! To help care for these rescued dogs, go here.

True Blood’s Kristen Bauer van Straten for No-Kill LA

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True Blood star– and featured cat lover in our upcoming book A Letter to My Cat– Kristin Bauer van Straten has partnered up with No-Kill Los Angeles, an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society® that aims to turn LA into the largest no-kill city in the nation by providing spray/neuter services where it is needed most and increasing animal adoptions. Last year alone, NKLA helped over 23,000 animals find new homes!

With over 13,000 animals killed last year in LA shelters, every act of kindness is appreciated. Watch this video, share it with your friends to raise awareness, and check out NKLA.org to see the different ways you can help save lives– from adoption, to fostering, or even donating just $10 to feed a pet for a week.

The simplest way of all? Donate $10 via mobile phone by texting the word NKLA to 50555.

Hero Dog Rescues Newborn from Trash

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Thanks to People Pets for bringing this story to our attention…

Pui knew something wasn’t right.

When the dog spotted a white plastic bag lying in a trash dump in Thailand’s Tha Rua district, he took it in his mouth, brought it to the patio of his home and barked as loud as he could.

His owner’s 12-year-old niece came to see what the fuss was about, and discovered a newborn baby girl – still alive – inside of the bag, reports The Bangkok Post.

Pui’s owner, Gumnerd Thongmak, and his niece, Sudarat, rushed the infant to Tha Rua Hospital, where doctors determined the baby was premature, weighing just 4 lbs. The infant has since been transferred to another hospital, and area officials are looking for her mother.

Meanwhile, Pui’s good deed hasn’t gone unnoticed. On Monday, he received a leather collar and a medal from the Tha Rua district Red Cross chapter as a sign of gratitude, and The Miracle of Life Foundation gave Gumnerd a $300 reward. But the heroics should come as no surprise to those who know Pui, a neighborhood watchdog of sorts: The district chief told The Bangkok Post that the pooch is regularly seen sniffing around the community.

Three cheers for Pui!