July 8, 2010 marks the first anniversary of the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. One year ago, an eighteen-month long investigation, initiated by the Humane Society of Missouri, culminated in raids at sites located in eight states across the Midwest. Humane investigators and federal law enforcement officials rescued approximately 500 dogs and arrested 26 people. The evidence of abuse and cruelty – as seen in the mutilated limbs and torn faces of the dogs themselves – that was uncovered by investigators was heartbreaking. Yet amidst the heavy chains and dirty wooden boxes, hope was in the air. The dogs greeted the investigators not as enemies to be feared or attacked, but as saviors and friends. Betrayed by the humans who had inflicted so much pain on them, the dogs still welcomed these new humans who had come to put an end to the cruelty.
One year later, the bust dogs we took into our foster/adoption program are proving to the world that they deserved their second chances at happiness. They are enjoying lives filled with love and comfort. Sir Reginald Farnsworth III was a shell of a dog after enduring the horrors of the fight ring, but today he loves nothing more than to snuggle and be hand fed his favorite treats.
Dharma was forced to wear a heavy chain around her little neck and breed litter after litter, even though her mutilated leg made carrying pups all the more difficult. Today Dharma lives like a princess with a family that adores her. She is on her way to becoming a therapy dog for children with disabilities, even though when she was first rescued she was too afraid to even walk through a doorway.
Petunia was so terrified of the world around her that she was literally scared of her own shadow. Now pretty Miss Tuners is queen of the couch, where she loves to throw herself around upside down to demand belly rubs.
Lucy was desperate for human affection when she was first brought into HSMO’s temporary shelter, yet she often stayed huddled into a little ball in the corner of her kennel. Today Lucy’s favorite spot to nap is on the couch with her adopted brothers… a 3 year old pit bull and a 7 year old boy.
Malcolm was rescued as an underdeveloped, weeks-old puppy whose back legs were very weak. With lots of love and care from his new family, he has grown into a big strong boy who runs and jumps with his adopted sister, Karma, in their huge back yard.
These are just a few of the many wonderful tails (and tales) that came out of the bust. Their happy endings are the ultimate proof that the victims of dog fighting deserve to be given a first chance at life as it should be.
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