BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Twenty dogs were removed from sites around the City of Buffalo and Grand Island on Friday in raids targeting suspected dog fighting.
In one raid on Loring Avenue, witnesses say Buffalo Police forced their way into the home and shot a 10-year-old Boxer dog.
“Our family pet, Ace, was shot and killed for basically nothing, no reason,” says Brittany LaPorte, who also claims her 16-year-old sister was put in handcuffs but not arrested.
“My little sister was traumatized because that’s her best friend, that’s our best friend. That dog wouldn’t harm a fly.”
Buffalo Police would not comment on why the dog had to be put down. The case is still under investigation.
Animal cruelty investigators with the Erie County SPCA, Buffalo Police, and other law enforcement agents raided eight locations on Friday, including one home on Grand Island. Charges are pending against at least six people, though their names have not yet been released.
“This covert industry is violent, it’s large, and it’s local. Mayor Brown and the Buffalo Police have taken a strong lead in facing down this abhorrence, and we are privileged to be a part of that,” said SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr
Officials are caring for all of the animals seized, which they say exhibit scars and wounds consistent with fighting. Some are said to be emaciated and in poor health.
Seven members of the ASCPA were brought in to help in Friday’s raids.
“Dog fighting is a national epidemic, and we are grateful for local authorities in actively pursuing this case and seeking justice for these innocent victims who were forced to live in deplorable conditions and subjected to horrific abuse,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.
The SPCA says, at this time, they are unable to release photos because the investigation is ongoing.