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Local shelter seeks homes for dogs rescued from NYC fighting operation


CLAVERACK–The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA has taken in four dogs rescued by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at the request of the New York Police Department and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

During the raid, rescuers removed 50 dogs, some of which had scars consistent with being fighting dogs. A number of the dogs were underweight, had skin infections and other medical issues, according to a press release.

In a six-story Bronx apartment building, officials found that the basement was converted into an elaborate dog fighting operation, where dogs were kept in crude cages, living most of their days in complete darkness. These dogs rarely saw daylight, and it was usually only when they were brought outside to be trained for fighting, the release said.

In a separate area of the basement, officials found a makeshift dog fighting arena, complete with an area for spectators. In addition, authorities found a loaded handgun, cash and paraphernalia consistent with a sophisticated dog fighting operation. The building superintendent, Raul Sanchez, was charged with 63 counts of animal fighting, 13 of which were felony charges.

NYPD and Bronx District Attorney’s Office contacted the ASPCA to assist them with evidence collection and documentation, as well as removal, transport, medical treatment and evaluations for all the dogs, ranging from puppies to adults.

For more than two months, the ASPCA cared for all the dogs, providing them with medical treatment, extensive socialization and a healthy diet.

Because of the fragile state of these dogs, the ASPCA turned to trusted partners–such as CGHS/SPCA–to help with the placement of these dogs.

“We’re proud to have these dogs at our shelter, and to be a part of their journey from a horrific life–devoid of kindness and compassion–to a loving and caring new home. This opportunity clearly exemplifies our mission and the goals of both current and past Boards of Directors of CGHS/SPCA,” Ron Perez, president/investigator of CGHS/SPCA said in a press release.

All four dogs–Piggie, Daphne, Laila, and Amber–are females, between 2 and 4 years old. All four are up for adoption and will go home spayed, vaccinated, and health tested.

To view these dogs, receive more information, or apply for a pre-approval application, go to or call 518 828-6044.

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