New information is coming out about this heinous crime.

Just last week, Quad Citians were outraged and saddened to learn that a sizeable dog fighting ring was operating right under our noses. New details are coming out and some are so disturbing, I don't wish to repeat them.

What I can tell you is that because the dogs were used as "gambling tools," they can be seized by Federal Prosecutors, who wanted custody of the 64 dogs taken into custody during the original raids.

According to this report I read on KWQC.com,

The case says dogs were bought and transported to the Quad Cities from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Mississippi. It also says several of those listed participated in dog fights and gambling on them in Iowa, Alabama and Mississippi.

This case has been going on since 2014.

Sadly, dog fighting has been around for a long time and is practiced world-wide.

In 2014 it became a Federal crime to attend dog fights. This was added to the Farm Bill, which also makes it illegal to bring a child to such an event. According to an article at Positively.com,

Before the passage of the bill, spectators of dog and cock fights were often able to avoid prosecution by claiming they were not involved in the fight. Now, they will be held responsible alongside those who are participating in the fight directly.

Dog fighting is among the cruelest forms of animal abuse. The training of the animals from a very early age, to the use of puppies as 'bait' and even the losing dog's fate, should never be something they endure. Animal cruelty and abuse should never be tolerated.

Here's one strategy the Human Society is applying for dogs at-risk.