While our historic milestone provides plenty of reasons to take pause and commemorate our past, the urgency of our cause demands that we continue to look ahead. To that end, the ASPCA is at the forefront of three relatively new areas of animal welfare concentration where the potential for saving lives is nearly limitless.
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Even if you've never heard about a dog fight, that doesn't mean they're not happening nearby. We also can't relax simply because animal fighting is illegal. I've witnessed enough horrific crime scenes to know that animal fights can take place anywhere, and that they represent the absolute worst of human nature.
The Bad Newz Kennels bust captured the attention of dog lovers all across the country. Eight years later, these 48 dogs have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that fighting was something that was forced on them -- not something they were born to do. Once they had the opportunity to become companions, they took it and ran with it.