NEW JERSEY DOGFIGHTING LAW IS NOT ALL BARK: RICO AMENDMENT GIVES TOOLS TO REDUCE CRIME IN THE REGION

Author: 

Rachel Lamb

On April 18, 2014, twenty-one dogs were rescued from a dog fighting ring after officers raided a home in Paterson, New Jersey. Officers entered the residence to find the walls splashed with dog blood. They found various dog-fighting contraband including: steroids, needles, electronic collars, and bloodstained sticks that were used to pry open the dogs’ jaws. Of the twenty-one dogs rescued, eighteen were puppies, found malnourished and emaciated in crates in the basement. Most were afflicted with mange, while others were unable to walk. The bodies of four dogs were found next to the crates in bags “like yesterday’s garbage.” The animal control officer on-site said the scene was “horrible . . . one of the largest dog-fighting rings I’ve seen.” View More