BARCS Assumes Responsibility for Over 70 Dogs from Dogfighting Ring

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

BARCS Release:


Underground Dogfighting Ring, 22 Indicted After Year-long Investigation

barcs_aBaltimore, MD – When over 70 dogs were found in a single day at the end of a year-long investigation into an underground dogfighting ring, the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) worked with its partners to take in and care for the recovered dogs.

Caring for recovered dogs is a community effort spearheaded by BARCS staff.  Thanks to careful preparation and coordination, the BARCS foster community as well as BARCS shelter and rescue partners addressed the immediate and ongoing needs resulting from the investigation.  In addition, the American Humane Association Red Start Emergency Services provided crates and supplies and spent several days assisting BARCS staff with the care of the dogs. The Maryland SPCA also supplied support staff to assist in the joint effort.

“We are thankful to the Baltimore City Police Department, the State’s Attorney’s Office’s Major Investigations Unit, and the Baltimore City Animal Control for their hard work and dedication on this case,” says Jennifer Brause, BARCS executive director. “Together, they worked to bring violent criminals to justice and to rescue animals from a horrific life.”

Because of the pending prosecution, details of the animals cannot be provided at this time. However, BARCS wants the community to know that as a general matter each dog is assessed individually for placement by animal care professionals and every effort is made to rehabilitate them and place them for adoption.  Thanks to these efforts, many of them, including all puppies and young dogs, will end up with loving families.

BARCS and its rescue partners are dedicated to giving every dog rescued from dogfighting operations a chance at a new life. Their individual stories are a testament to the incredible potential inside every dog.

 Looking to adopt a loving cat or dog? BARCS always has over a hundred animals looking for a forever home. Can’t adopt but want to help Baltimore’s neglected and abused animals? Consider volunteering at BARCS or making a tax-deductible donation towards their care.

About the Author:

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) is a non-profit organization created in July 2005. BARCS takes in homeless and unwanted animals in Baltimore City as part of its mission to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.
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