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Fwd: Hell and back

From: Andrea B.
Sent on: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:55 PM
This report was on CNN a few days ago and I only caught the tail end of the report.  This was a 3 state operation and only a large animal organization could have pulled it off due to the amount of dogs involved.
 See the video below.

"The lowest places in hell would be reserved for those who commit cruelty to our animals." I can tell you firsthand from the dogfighting raid this past weekend that these 367 dogs have been to hell and back. See our rescue video, then please donate to help»
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August 28, 2013
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Dear Marilyn,

One dog had been vomiting and then scrounging on the remains to get enough energy to stand. Others were staked to the ground by heavy chains, unprotected from the searing Southern heat.

Their faces and forelimbs only begin to tell the story of what life must have been like until now, with scars that serve as permanent reminders of days spent in bloody pits -- fighting for what little life they had -- at the hands of people who used them for entertainment and profit in a barbaric enterprise.

See our video from the dogfighting raid this past weekend, then please help by donating to our Animal Rescue Team today.

At 13 different locations spanning several states, The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups assisted law enforcement with the rescue of 367 dogs in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia.

On the day of the raid, we woke at 3 a.m., and I remember feeling thankful to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation, county SWAT teams, and the U.S. Attorney for central Alabama on the same team. As you'll see in our rescue video, the law was on our side.

Then I thought of you -- our supporters -- and I paused, feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

You see, the only way we're able to respond to complex, multi-state rescues like this one is because of your steadfast support. People like you who want to stop cruelty and deliver animals into safe, loving arms make this all possible. I cannot say it enough -- it's because of you that we can target and respond to desperate situations like this one where animals are suffering, and help bring the perpetrators to justice.

Marilyn, we are committed to ending dogfighting in every dark corner where it festers. We need your help. Please see our rescue video, and then consider making a donation to our Animal Rescue Team.

For these 367 dogs, it's not the notoriety of being part of the second-largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history that matters. Nor do they know about the three-year investigation that led up to the eventual arrests of 10 suspects. What matters is simply the loving care and attention they're now receiving that has been denied to them for far too long.

But for each of the 367 who are now safe, there are so many more out there awaiting their turn. With you by our side, we will continue to work hard to see the day that they, too, can be saved.

Thank you for all you do for animals.

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO

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