One Year Anniversary Of The Michael Vick Raid.
Some of this information was gathered from an email sent to me from the HSUS website.
Did you realize that today marks the one year anniversary of the Michael Vick Dogfighting Ring bust? I didn't until I got an email from the Humane Society of the United States today. One very positive note is that raids on dogfighting operations rose from 27 between Jan. and April of last year, to at least 67 busts to date in 2008.
Also, 2 of the states that had been the last holdout with weak penalties for fighting crimes, made dogfighting a felony offense. The states are Wyoming and Idaho. Stronger laws also were passed in Ga., IA., MD., OR., and VA. This was part of a wave of 26 states considering legislation to make stiffer penalties for dogfighting.
The HSUS gives a reward of up to $5,000.00 to anyone that turns in a dogfighter and they are convicted. You can remain anonymous. The number to call is: 202-452-1100. The rewards are made possible by the Ware Foundation and donors to HSUS. The great news is they paid out 20 rewards and have some pending. Fabulous work!
Last but not least, the HSUS helped train over 700 law enforcement officers on animal fighting and made a new video about the subject.