The Auburn, Alabama Police Department is asking the public to put the word out about the 367 pit bulls rescued in a multi-state dog fighting ring, Blog.al.com reported August 28.
The rescued dogs range in age from a few days old to 12 years old.
More on the original raid and seizure of the dogs can be found here. It’s now believed many of the dogs may have been stolen from their owners in the Alabama area. Anyone who has a missing dog is asked to contact the Auburn Police Department at 334-501-3110.
All information will be forwarded to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Be sure to have a description of your missing dog, when it went missing and where it was taken from. Many with missing dogs have already called the department asking for help, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said.
A press conference held on Monday with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies said that 12 suspects have already been arrested, and are facing dog fighting and gambling charges. The raid came about after 13 search warrants were delivered in Alabama and Georgia last Friday.
Not only were some of the owners involved in dog fighting, several also were into breeding the dogs.
The dogs are being held in confidential locations, where they are receiving medical treatment from the ASPCA. Rehabilitation will be the next step for these dogs.
Many of the dogs are very people-friendly, which leads officials to believe these dogs may have a family out there looking for them.
The investigation continues and is now in its third year after someone contacted the FBI about dog fighting in the city. The Auburn Police Department hopes to see those who attend these fights be charged as well.