“I am incredibly grateful to the law enforcement teams who came together from all over the region to rescue these abused animals as we continue to investigate this alleged dogfighting ring,” Peeler said in an emailed statement. “Illegal dogfighting is a barbaric activity. Those who choose to violate the Animal Welfare Act face serious consequences, including federal prison time, where there is no parole.”
The federal Animal Welfare Act prohibits organizing a fight between animals for the “purposes of sport, wagering or entertainment.” Those convicted of violating the federal law face up to five years in prison.
No arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation. Numerous federal, state and local agencies are assisting, Peeler said.