It is rare that a police bust on a suspected dogfighting ring takes place while an actual fight is in progress. That is what happened Saturday night in Robeson County, North Carolina, according to the Fayette Observer.
The raid turned out to be unusually dramatic, with nearly everyone in the room bolting for the door or windows when authorities showed up. Some managed to escape but were ultimately hunted down by Air National Guard helicopter and apprehended.
When all was said and done, 27 people were in handcuffs, and police had seized 18 dogs, thousands of dollars, and several guns. Some of the dogs that were rescued had serious wounds and bore scars from previous fights. Veterinarians from North Carolina and the Atlanta Humane Society provided medical care for the wounded dogs.
John Ledford, director of the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency, one of the groups in on the raid, issued a statement that read:
Dog fighting is unquestionably a cruel and vicious event. An event can last as long as several grueling hours while the dogs bite and maul each other to death. With the help of state and federal partners, this inhumane bloodshed was stopped.
The statement went on to note that a dog who loses a fight is killed on the spot by shooting, drowning, electrocution, or hanging, and that injured dogs that try to retreat to a corner are beaten with a stick.
Those arrested have been charged with offenses ranging from dog fighting, animal cruelty, animal neglect, being a spectator at a dog fight, weapons violations, and possessing controlled substances.
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