U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ordered the defendants jointly responsible for $1,987,411.95–the biggest ever ordered in a national dog fighting case.
The organizations helped in the removal, transportation, sheltering, medical and day-to-day care of the creatures confiscated during the raid, and estimate they cumulatively spent about $5.5 million on the case.
“These dog fighters mistreated, starved and killed their dogs for the supposed ‘pleasure’ of seeing and betting on a dog fight,” said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck. “We want to thank the HSUS as well as the ASPCA for taking care of the ill, injured and abused dogs for this elongated time period. As the HSUS as well as the ASPCA took such care of the dogs, many were competent to be put into savings or houses, where they’re now safe in the terrible lives they formerly needed to last.”
“We’re very happy to find the Department of Justice understand the perverse and grievous nature of dog fighting and hold these offenders accountable for the suffering and death they have inflicted on countless dogs.”
“Once again, the court sent a serious message to dog fighters in regards to the real price of the offense,” said Chris Schindler, supervisor of creature fighting investigations for The HSUS, who testified in the hearings. “The dogs saved in this instance suffered physically and emotionally and needed untold hours of medical care and enrichment with professional staff. The people who handled them so badly needs to be held responsible.”
Local and federal officials also confiscated drugs and firearms, along with more than from dog fighting gaming tasks. The HSUS as well as the ASPCA helped authorities with gathering forensic evidence and testified to the grotesque cruelty perpetrated. A lot of the dogs captured in this case have eventually moved onto the second phases in their lives and were set with various rescue groups all over the united states to be made readily available.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clark Morris.
Dog fighting is a felony in the District of Columbia as well as all 50 states. A year ago, the Farm Bill was signed by President Obama, inflicting additional punishments for bringing a minor and which makes it a federal offense to attend an organized creature fight. The HSUS and ASPCA advocate strengthening state and national creature fighting legislative acts, and often help national, state and local authorities and raids all over the United States.