Today is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day! The ASPCA is asking us all to talk up the issue to make everyone aware of the cruelty of dog fighting and help find solutions that will end this barbaric practice.
Yesterday I shared with you some facts about dog fighting. Today, here are three dogfighting-related stories in this week’s news:
On 4/4/14, 26-year-old Jennifer Kelly pled guilty to 4 counts of aggravated animal cruelty in Tallapoosa, Alabama, County Court. She was sentenced to 3 years for each charge, but in a plea agreement, will serve 10 months in jail and 3 years on probation. She must also pay fines to cover the care of the dogs that were removed from the property during the November, 2013, raids.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 4/3/14, law enforcement raided several places and arrested 13 people in connection with a dog fighting ring. They also recovered 22 dogs. The arrests were the result of an investigation that went on for several years.
In Buffalo, New York, 34-year-old Shanon Richardson recently pled not guilty to 6 counts of animal cruelty. He was arrested last December and police rescued 4 dogs from the property. Richardson worked in the Buffalo Police Department jail. Sadly, one of the rescued dogs has gone missing and may have been stolen by dog fighters.