Police Rescue 20 Starving, Beaten Pit Bulls From Dog-Fighting Ring

| by Lisa Fogarty

Police found 20 starving, abused pit bulls at a brother and sister’s house in Queens, New York, along with Ecstasy and methamphetamine, reports the Daily Mail.

Addison Holder, 44, and Keisha Hall, 33, were arrested and face charges of animal cruelty, animal fighting, and drug possession after cops discovered two dozen pit bulls kept in the garage of their home – five of which they say wore “large, weighted collars” around their necks.

Other canines were reportedly chained to their cages and denied food and water. The walls were stained with blood, according to police. A square pit used to train dogs to fight was also uncovered, as well as a large battery connected to electrical wires and wood that was covered with blood, reports the Daily News.

“These items are traditionally used in training of dogs for dog fighting,” read the police report.

Police were investigating a dog-fighting ring nearby when they received a search warrant for the home.

A sign on the door of the house reportedly read, “Premises is perilous to life.”

In addition to what they found in the garage, police also discovered a dirty treadmill in the basement that they think was used to train the dogs. Ecstacy and meth were also found on the premises.

Holder and Hall are being held on $100,000 bail. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is currently taking care of their dogs.

“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” said Matthew Bershadker, president of the ASPCA.

Sources: Daily Mail, Daily News

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