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Randolph County, AR rescue

UPDATED: March 29, 2015, 7:34 PM ET

On March 28, 2015, The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Forestry Commission in breaking up an active cockfight.

The raid, which the was the product of an investigation undertaken once local authorizes discovered the venue was used to stage cockfights, resulted in the arrest of 27suspected cockfighters and the rescue of 122 gamefowl and one emaciated dog with 10 pups. Suspected cockfighting paraphernalia and an undetermined amount of cash were also seized.

The HSUS Animal Rescue Team has removed all of the animals from the property pending the final disposition of this case. The animals will be thoroughly examined by veterinarians and will receive necessary medical treatment at The Humane Society of Saline County.

The property owner, who was previously convicted of animal cruelty in 2013, was selling the animals in person and online through various websites. Arkansas is one of the most problematic puppy mill states in the country, with no laws protecting dogs sold directly to the public or online currently on the books. Legislation slated to be introduced by Rep. Sorvillo would require any breeder with 10 or more dogs to be licensed with their county and allow regular inspections.

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