PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police have taken more than a dozen people into custody after breaking up a dog fighting ring in South Philadelphia Saturday night.
Around 9 p.m. members of the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team, along side Philadelphia Police, say they moved in on a location along the 1200 block of South 35th Street where a dog fight was in progress.
During the raid, 14 people were taken into custody, and once a search warrant was obtain authorities located drugs, two firearms, a large amount of cash and a wooden fighting ring with blood spatter, according to the PSPCA.
Officials say “two pitbull type dogs” were rushed to an area shelter hospital. Both dogs are said to be in stable condition and remain under PSPCA custody.
Early Sunday morning, PSPCA officers returned to the scene where two additional dogs were found inside of vehicles linked to the suspects.
“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”
Officials say this investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information related to this case are urged to contact authorities.