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Dog Fighting Raids in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The SPCA Serving Erie County joined Buffalo Police and several other law enforcement organizations in a series of dog fighting raids. At least six people are facing charges.

The SPCA says 20 dogs and one deceased dog were removed from the sites and will be examined and treated at the SPCA serving Erie County. 

“I am extremely proud to stand alongside Mayor Byron Brown and leaders of the Buffalo Police Department and other outstanding agencies, as the SPCA Serving Erie County works with those agency representatives taking extreme action against the horrors of dog fighting,” says SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr. “This covert industry is violent, it’s large, and it’s local. Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Police have taken a strong lead in facing down this abhorrence, and we are privileged to be a part of that.” 

SPCA representatives contacted the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for assistance in today’s raids. At this time, seven ASPCA representatives are in town working with officers from the Buffalo Police Department and the SPCA. 

“Dog fighting is a national epidemic, and we are grateful for local authorities in actively pursuing this case and seeking justice for these innocent victims who were forced to live in deplorable conditions and subjected to horrific abuse,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We are pleased to lend our support to the Buffalo Police Department and the SPCA Serving Erie County in rescuing dogs from a life of suffering and torture.” 

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