The perpetrators involved in the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history are finally facing justice.
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama concluded sentencing on Wednesday after a total of 367 dogs were rescued during a raid in August 2013 in Alabama and Georgia by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office.
Eight people who were involved in the dog fighting ring are now facing jail time, six of them for over a year, according to a joint press release from the ASPCA and HSUS. The sentences range from two months to eight years - the longest sentence ever handed down for a federal dog fighting case. Authorities estimated that the defendants had injured or killed between 420 to 640 dogs over the course of their dog fighting operation.
The recipient of the record-breaking sentence is a 50-year-old Alabama man named Donnie Anderson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy, sponsoring dog fights, possessing a fighting dog and operating an illegal gambling business. All eight defendants are prohibited from owning dogs for two to three years after their release. They also may have to pay restitution to the ASPCA and HSUS, both organizations which helped cover the cost of caring for the seized dogs.