Saturday, June 6, 2009

Alabama Dog Fighting Bust—45 Dogs Seized, Remains Found

Courtesy ASPCA News Alert: June 5, 2009

"On Monday, June 1, a dog fighting operation in Randolph County was raided by the state’s 5th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force. The ASPCA dispatched forensic veterinarian, Dr. Melinda Merck, and our Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation Unit to collect evidence in the investigation and aid in the prosecution of the case. Read about Dr.Merck’s crucial role in the investigation:"

"Dr. Merck examined 45 dogs who were discovered tied to heavy chains and living in deplorable conditions on two properties. She also examined partially buried skeletal remains of a dog found on site. In addition, controlled substances, illicit drugs and other paraphernalia related to dog fighting have been collected into evidence."

“These dogs definitely suffered abuse and inhumane treatment at the hands of dog fighters,” says Dr. Merck, Senior Director of Veterinary Forensics for the ASPCA.“So far, we’ve seen that one is unable to walk, another who is limping, and many who are injured, some severely.”

"As a result of ASPCA participation, two suspects have been formally charged. William Alsabrook was charged with two counts of possession of dogs for fighting, and Artis Kyle was charged with one count of possession of dogs for fighting, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm."

"Check out video footage of the scene, and don’t miss our one-on-one chat with Dr. Merck about her role in this case." Sphere: Related Content

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