Dogs Rescued from House of Horrors in Philadelphia Dog Fighting Bust

Bad news - Post Michael Vick (including all his community chats with Wayne Pacelle at HSUS), the impact has been a RISE in dog fighting in the City of Brotherly Love.

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Dogs rescued from "House of Horrors" in dog fighting bust

Good news - After months of investigation, the Pennsylvania SPCA and Philadelphia
police may be dismantling one of the city's largest dog-fighting rings.

Monday morning, April 11,authorities raided two Kensingon properties, after another late Sunday night (April 10) in South Philadelphia, according to Philly.com.

Officers served warrants in the 3000 block of Potter St. and in
the 2800 block of Boundinot St., where a woman was arrested and a
dozen dogs were rescued. Guns and narcotics were also found at the Boundinot address.

It's rare for police to actually find a dogfight in progress - which is why sometimes why those charged manage to get off all together or have reduced sentences....However, this time around, just before midnight, police burst into a Grays Ferry home as a dog
fight was happening. Police called it "A house of horrors."

Fifteen people were arrested. Among those caught, include some of Philadelphia's most known dog fighters. Six dogs were also removed from the property.

No word yet on specific charges filed, or the fate of the dogs (except they will not be available for adoption).

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  • Steve, forgive me, but you really need to learn about crime statistics. They are based not on how much crime is actually occurring, but how much is reported by police departments to the FBI.

    The high profile Vick case brought a great deal of much-needed publicity to the crime of dog fighting, which has typically been under-reported. Police don't register in their statistics what people don't report, and dog fighting is not often reported to the police. And in the past if police answered a call for drugs or gambling and found dog fighting, they typically didn't report it either. Dog fighting has not been taken seriously as a crime until very recently.

    The HSUS's Stop Dogfighting program in Philadelphia deserves a great deal of credit for shining a spotlight on the crime of dog fighting, and the HSUS deserves credit for providing training to law enforcement on how to recognize dog fighting and its association with other criminal activities.

    For you to bash an animal protection agency on the basis of a statistic that might not indicate what you claim is both ignorant and malicious. How about before writing a blog like this, you talk to the Philly police department and find out how their treatment of dog fighting as a crime has changed in the last few years? Ask them how much attention the Vick case brought to the issue. And ask both the police and the Pennsylvania SPCA what they think of the HSUS Stop Dogfighting program.

    The answers may surprise you, and I hope they get you to rethink your cheap bashing of a worthy animal protection program.

  • In reply to amyk1980:

    Certainly, I actually do appreciate the fact that Vick called attention to dog fighting. I wrote many stories and had little impact.Overnight, he called attention to the horror of fighting dogs.

    However, there remain some apparent facts. Michael Vick has become more a hero than every before, acclaimed in some places apparently for getting off reasonably easy, and now making very large money. His jersey remains a top seller around America, and THE top seller in Philly.

    Check out stories in their local paper (Do you live in Philadelphia?). According to the Enquirer dogfighting is indeed up. And so you know, police in some communities indeed have problems with the HSUS approach. If it is working great! However, I am not sure the Vick road show does anything but raise dollars for the HSUS.

    What finally tipped me over the edge all together is that HSUS President and CEO decided Vick can fulfill his request for a puppy. I simultaneously learned that Vick actually used a family dog as a bait dog (it's in court records). I didn't know that. There's also a reason why judges often ban convicted dog fighters from ever getting a dog.

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