A significant rescue operation occurred in Gaston County, as the Gaston County Police Department and the Humane Society of the United States collaborated to save fourteen dogs from an alleged dogfighting operation. The rescue occurred at a residence on East Sixth Avenue early Wednesday morning following weeks of investigation.
The dogs lived in unsafe and makeshift enclosures scattered throughout the property. Sadly, some animals exhibited injuries consistent with dogfighting and various dogfighting paraphernalia seen on the premises. The police did not provide specific details about the items found.
Veterinarians attending to the rescued dogs observed dental problems, skin conditions, missing hair, and puncture wounds among the canines. Jessica Johnson, Senior Director of the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team, expressed the heart-wrenching reality of witnessing the dogs’ suffering but assured that this would be their last day living in such distress.
The rescue effort began after raising concerns about the animal’s welfare, prompting the Gaston County Police Department to seek assistance from the Humane Society. The rescued dogs were transported to an undisclosed location, where they will receive comprehensive veterinary examinations and much-needed treatment.
Neighbors in the area were surprised when authorities descended upon the property, recalling the sounds of authorities breaking down the door and entering the premises. While some residents acknowledged hearing the dogs’ presence, they did not know about any fighting activities.
Currently, dogfighting is a Class-H felony in North Carolina. However, authorities believe more tools are necessary to effectively combat this brutal and illegal industry. The Gaston County Police Department expressed gratitude to the Humane Society for their invaluable assistance in ending animal cruelty and vowed to continue their commitment to eradicating such practices.
As the rescued dogs receive the care and attention they desperately need, their rescue reminds them of the importance of safeguarding animals from harm and holding those responsible for such cruelty accountable.