A raid on a suspected dogfighting ring led to the rescue of 12 pit bulls, seven puppies and five adults, in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. Two suspects have been charged under new anti-dogfighting state legislation.
The law makes it illegal to own animal-fighting equipment, defined as "any device, implement, object, facility, space or drug used, or intended to be used, for animal fighting or to train an animal for fighting." Prior to the passing of the law, animal fighting was illegal but possession of the paraphernalia was not.
Such equipment was found during the raid, including weighted vests, treadmills, syringes and steroids. The dogs had scars around their muzzles and on their bodies consistent with dogfighting. They are all being cared for at the Chester County SPCA.
"We are thankful to have these dogs in our custody and will do everything we can to find them new, loving homes for the holidays," SPCA Executive Director Adam Lamb told the Daily Local News.
If the two charged suspects are convicted, they face fines and up to one year in jail for each count of possession of animal-fighting equipment.
Image: Chester County SPCA via Daily Local News
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