On September 24, 2009, in the City of Maywood, Illinois USA, a dog fighting ring was discovered and broken up by the Cook County Sheriff's Police. Sheriff Thomas Dart and a Veterinarian Assistant from the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, Illinois were pictured in the Chicago Tribune newspaper holding some of the 8-week old pit bull puppies. The picture spoke in volumes, with the puppies held in the secure arms of Sheriff Dart and the vet assistant. The look on the face of the puppies looking at their rescuers was priceless. According to various news reports, at the same location where these precious little puppies and dogs were harmed, a licensed daycare facility was within 10 feet of the garage where the dogs were trained to fight. Can you imagine dropping off your children to be looked after and within ten feet there was death and destruction of these wonderful animals?
I for one am thankful that the dog fighting ring was discovered and the puppies and dogs were removed. They will be available for adoption within the next few weeks depending on the injuries many of them sustained. It just breaks my heart to hear about animal abuse and torture. However, these lovely dogs and puppies will become cherished and beloved fur children in their new homes. A special thanks goes out to the people that prevailed above fear to report this dog fighting ring to the police. Yes, three people have been arrested and I hope the criminal justice system in Cook County, Illinois gets it right this time around.