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Approximately 30 dogs rescued from suspected Alabama dog fighting operation

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According to the Montgomery Humane Society, 31 dogs and puppies were seized during a suspected dog fighting operation.

The rescues took place at three properties in Tallapoosa County, AL, according to Humane society spokeswoman Kaitlin Sanderson.

During a search on each property, agents found the dogs living in deplorable conditions, many without access to clean water or proper shelter.

Many of the dogs had injuries and scarring consistent with dog fighting and were found chained to stakes and suffering from a variety of medical conditions, according to Sanderson.

Several animals required immediate emergency medical treatment.

All of the dogs are now being treated by veterinarians at an undisclosed location, where they will remain pending final disposition in the case.


• Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states.

• Earlier this year, the HSUS participated in the second largest dog fighting rescue in U.S. history, alongside federal and local authorities across Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, saving more than 400 dogs.

• The HSUS offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person involved in illegal animal fighting. The HSUS asks anyone with information about animal fighting criminals to call 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787). Tipsters' identities are protected.

• Rescue groups interested in becoming members of the HSUS' Dog fighting Rescue Coalition should visit

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