FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A pitbull rescued from one of the largest dog fighting busts in U.S. history has made her way to Fort Wayne to find her forever home.
In August of 2013, hundreds of dogs were seized in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia in what was the second largest dog fighting bust in the country’s history. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) worked with the United States Attorney’s Office and FBI to save the lives of the dogs and place them with rescue groups throughout the country.
Lucy was eight weeks old when she was rescued, young enough to have never been fought. She as among more than 100 puppies rescued in the large-scale breeding and fighting operation. The now year and a half-year-old pitbull arrived at a Quincy, Illinois shelter in April 2014 but has yet to be adopted. While visiting an animal welfare convention in Dallas, Allen County SPCA director, Jessica Henry spoke with Quincy Humane Director, Sally Westerhoff and invited Lucy to come to Fort Wayne to help the rescued pup find her forever home.
“The Allen County SPCA is honored to play a small role in the life-saving efforts of multiple local and national animal welfare agencies to rescue animals from, and ultimately put an end to, dog fighting in our country,” said Henry. “We look forward to helping Lucy in the next chapter of her life.”
By November 12, 2014, eight people had been sentenced in connection to the August 2013 bust, with prison terms ranging from six months to eight years. They also have to serve three years of supervised release, during which they will be banned from owning dogs, according to the ASPCA. A U.S. District Judge estimated that the defendants killed or injured anywhere from 420 to 640 dogs.
ABOUT THE ALLEN COUNTY SPCA:
The Allen County SPCA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been providing shelter to northeast Indiana’s homeless cats and dogs for over 60 years. Our mission is to promote the prevention of cruelty to animals by providing a safe haven for animals, an effective and comprehensive adoption program, education and outreach programs for the community and deep and broad membership and volunteer programs.