KANSAS CITY — The Missouri State Highway Patrol, United States Attorney's Office and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assisted in a multi-state, federal dog fighting raid in Missouri, Kansas and Texas this past weekend.
A press release stated that the ASPCA managed to remove and transport nearly 100 dogs involved in the investigation. It is currently overseeing the forensic evidence collection and the dogs' veterinary care and sheltering.
Officials executed a search warrant Saturday night in Kansas, after the FBI raided a location suspected of holding a contract dog fight in northern Texas, according to the release. The ASPCA and other agencies, including the Humane Society of North Texas, assisted in the seizure of the dogs. The ASPA stated two additional warrants were served Sunday morning for the removal of the dogs in Missouri.
The dogs are in a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location where they will receive veterinary care from a medical team.
The press release states that the ASPCA will collect DNA samples from the dogs and submit them to Canine Combined DNA Index System, the nation's first criminal dog-fighting DNA database. The samples will help law enforcement agencies identify relationships between dogs and establish connections between breeders, trainers and dog fighting operators.
Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the press release. The ASPCA stated additional illegal activities are often connected with dog fighting, such as drug and weapons violations.
To aid the ASPCA in efforts of cracking down on animal fighting, feel free to visit its website here.