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Michiana Volunteers help in massive dog fighting raid


One of the largest dog fighting rings in U-S history is shutdown.  And some Michiana Volunteers helped make it happen.  We first told you about a multi-state dog fighting raid on Monday.  367 pit bulls rescued and 11 people arrested.

Once all those dogs were rescued they had to be taken care of.  Two women from Michiana were in Alabama for the past seven days to help.  Kelly Adelsperger was there helping the Humane Society.  She said, "we had 167 dogs."

She says she knew this raid would be a big one...when she was first asked to help.  "the volunteer coordinator said it would be an unprecedented rescue."

Linda Candler, owner of Linda's Camp K-9 in Mishawaka, was also helping with the rescue in Alabama, she said, "we went into a building that was completely a blank slate and we set up kennels for what we thought would be 200 dogs."

Candler said she's never worked so hard.  "10 or 12 hours everyday of setting up."  But all of that was forgotten when the dogs arrived.  "Once they came in it was great.  You didn't mind being completely filthy dirty from head to toe."

Adelsperger carried the dogs off the truck and into the kennels.  "to just hold those guys and to know that they're safe is probably one of the best feelings in the world for me."

Because when she thinks of the life they've led this far, Adelsperger said, "It makes me sick....some of them appeared to be very emaciated.  A lot of scars throughout their whole body."

It's made a lot of people angry.  U.S. Attorney George Beck commented on the case saying, "I believe if Dante were alive today and were rewriting the Inferno, that the lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals and to our children."

But the rescue is cause for celebration.  Once all the dogs were safe the Sheriff of Coffee County Alabama said, "This is one sheriff that's happy, happy, happy!"

Candler and Adelsperger agree.  "It was an awesome day for the dogs," said Adelsperger.

Both Linda and Kelly said they easily got attached to the dogs down there.  And they said there's a good chance they'll go back down again to help later.  The dogs are considered evidence so they could be at those kennels for about 90 days.  They'll then go to rescue groups and be put up for adoption.  So that's a plea the women have, they said rescue groups need to step up right now and help.  The Humane Society and ASPCA will do all they can but it's a lot of dogs, so they'll need a lot of help. 


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