CROPSEYVILLE, N.Y. -- In August, the rescue of 367 dogs from a multi-state dog fighting ring made national headlines, and one local rescue is helping the animals get a second chance at a happy life.
Auburn Police initiated the three year investigation that spanned Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. Thirteen search warrants were executed on August 23, and 10 suspects were arrested and indicted on felony dog fighting charges.
"We are an ASPCA response partner, so when they have a large number of animals from a disaster or a criminal case they will contact us," said Melinda Plasse, who runs the non-profit animal rescue The Animal Support Project in Cropseyville.
Plasse was one of the 350 responders from 28 animal welfare agencies to help support the ASPCA after the raid.
"It is sad it is very sad because these dogs are very good dogs by nature are very kind, a pit bull is meant to be kind to humans," she said, adding that often the dogs simply do what humans lead them to do because they just want to please their owners.
The animals, who she says had obvious signs of abuse, were transported to many different states for holding while the investigation continues. Plasse and her crew of 50 volunteers are donating their time and training to the dogs housed at undisclosed locations in our state. Their main goal is to rehabilitate these dogs in hopes of giving them a second chance at life.
"Our job is to just keep them healthy and happy and sane until the court decides where they will go," she said.
According to the ASPCA, the dogs ranged in age from just several days old to 12 years, and were discovered with "no visible fresh water or food."
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