ASPCA Assists In Rescue Of More Than 1,300 Animals In Wisconsin; Dogs & Chickens Believed To Be Used For Fighting
More than 1,300 animals, including dogs and chickens that are sadly believed to be involved in dog fighting and cockfighting, were seized from a property in the township of Gilman, Pierce County in Wisconsin.
As per WQOW News, a search warrant for Houa Dia Yang was executed by the U.S. Marshall Service on Thursday, August 30th, where law enforcement officials discovered the animals living in “deplorable conditions” throughout the property. It was discovered that Yang was also wanted on drug charges in Minnesota. Senyen Yang was also taken into custody as well.
At the request of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the ASPCA is assisting with evidence collection and the removal of animals which includes more than a dozen dogs allegedly bred for animal fighting. The rescued animals are currently being transported by the ASPCA to undisclosed emergency shelters to receive care and treatment. The ASPCA is also assisting with subject matter expertise and veterinary forensic exams.
“This is the second large-scale animal cruelty case we have encountered in the past two years,” Sheriff Nancy Hove with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “When we are made aware of any animal cruelty issues, we do the best we can to investigate and hold those responsible accountable for the suffering they have caused these animals.”
Tragically, some dogs were found tied to heavy chains and appeared to exhibit scars and injuries associated with dogfighting, while roosters were found with physical alterations commonly associated with cockfighting. Dogfighting and cockfighting paraphernalia were also discovered on the property.
The animals will remain at the ASPCA’s temporary shelters and be cared for by veterinary and behavior experts until custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy department will work closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure the best outcome for these animals.
“Animal fighting is an inhumane practice that is unfortunately common throughout the country,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position where we can provide resources and expertise to assist local authorities with their investigation.”
In Wisconsin, participating in animal fighting, which includes possession of dogs or roosters for the purpose of fighting, is a Class I felony for first offenders, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000.00 and imprisonment of up to three and a half years. A second offense is a class H felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000.00 and imprisonment of up to six years.