After receiving a complaint for dog fighting last week, NYPD officers, together with the newly formed NYPD Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad and an ASPCA team entered the property of sisters Addison Holder and Keisha Hall in Queens.
According to the ASCPA, 20 dogs were found inside the house. The animals could be seen injured, scarred, wearing heavy chains and without access to food or water.
In the property it was also found a treadmill used to train the dogs, weighted harnesses, steroid, syringes and other dog-fighting paraphernalia.
Holder, 44, and Hall, 33, were arrested at the scene and are both facing multiple charges of animal fighting, unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine and felony drug possession.
A third person was arrested on Wednesday.
All 20 pit bulls are now being cared for in an ASPCA shelter where they will be loved and rehabilitated until ready for adoption.
“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 President and CEO of the ASPCA Matthew Bershadker.
“Through our partnership, the ASPCA and the NYPD are determined to protect New York City’s animals from this form of cruelty and bring their abusers to justice.”
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