Three hundred, sixty-seven pit bulls. That’s how many dogs were rescued during execution of arrest warrants for twelve men involved in the second largest US dog fighting bust in history.
This week we’re hissing and purring for the people and animals involved in this story. Since we live in south Alabama, it hits close to home.
Hissy, go ahead and start your hisses.
Here are some super-potent hisses to the twelve men arrested for alleged involvement in dog-fighting: Donnie Anderson, 48, of Auburn, Demontt Allen, 37, of Houston, William Antone Edwards, 42, of Brantley, William Oneil Edwards, 39, of Elba, Michael Martin, 54, of Auburn, Lawrence Watford, 35, of Adel, Ricky Van Le, 24, of Biloxi, Miss., David Sellers, 52, of Opelika, Sandy Brown, 47, of Brownsville, Carlton Tippens, age unavailable, of Georgia, Irkis Forest, age unavailable, of Theodore.
Their dogs were found chained outdoors without adequate food or water. Some dogs had injuries from the fights. Some dogs were covered with fleas. Also found were the bodies of dogs that had been used in fights.
Hisses to the bar in Macon County, Alabama, where at least one dog fight was held in 2012.
And special hisses to the members of Congress who have stood in the way of H.R. 366/S. 666, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act from passing. Had this law been on the books, there would be far more than 12 indicted now. With the amounts of money and weapons involved in this operation, I’m guessing there were plenty of spectators to this gruesome activity. Please contact your elected officials today and tell them it’s time to take action on this bill.
Oh, I am so hopping mad! June Buggie, help us with the purrs! Please!
Purrs to the law enforcement officers of Auburn, Alabama, that got this ball rolling. And purrs to all those who worked tirelessly for three years to build a case against these losers.
Purrs to US Attorney George Beck, who, when discussing the actions of those arrested, stated that, “I believe if Dante were alive today and rewriting the ‘Inferno’ that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and to our children.”
Purrs to Coffee County Sheriff David Sutton, who said, “Those animals can’t speak like you and I. They bark and they whine. We chose to speak for them, and I believe we sent a message out. …. If you do the crime, we are going to come see you.”
And purrs to the people of the ASPCA and Humane Society of the US who helped in the rescue operations and are now caring for the dogs. Without these wonderful organizations, I shudder to think what might happen to these dogs.
We also have some special purrs to offer today. After the announcement of the arrests, people from all over this area started asking for information about the dogs. Many people who have had a dog stolen were fearful that theirs would be one of those involved. That broke my heart. To each of those who are praying to be reunited with a beloved animal companion, may your heart be comforted.