Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland Receives Four Dogs Seized by FBI in Second-Largest Dog Fighting Raid

Safie enjoying life in her foster home

Safie enjoying life in her foster home

On August 23, 2013, the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), at the request of the United States Attorney’s Office and the FBI, assisted in seizing 367 dogs in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia in what is believed to be the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history. Responders helped manage the removal and transport of the dogs to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, in addition to assisting authorities with forensic evidence collection to be submitted for prosecution. The multi-state raid was the result of a three-year investigation. To date, more than a dozen individuals were arrested on felony dog fighting charges and if convicted, the defendants could face up to five years in prison, as well as fines and restitution.

Maisie at work with her foster mom

Maisie at work with her foster mom

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is pleased to be able to partner with the ASPCA by receiving four dogs and working to place these victims of cruelty into new homes. The four female dogs- Safie, Rubi, Miesha, and Maisie- were transported to the ARLGP on April 29th, 2014. They will be available for adoption Saturday, June 7th, at 10am.  Adam Ricci, local professional dog trainer and Buxton police officer, evaluated their behavior upon intake and arrival. The ARLGP immediately placed them into foster homes for socialization, as well as mental and physical enrichment. The dogs are doing remarkably well, and adapting to a normal life in their foster families. The dogs are American Pit Bull Terrier breed, estimated to be less than 1.5 years of age, and are spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. These dogs were not participants in actual dog fighting activities, but were part of the seizure of 367 dogs from alleged dog fighting locations. Before their adventure to the ARLGP, these dogs spent the majority of their young life in the ASPCA temporary shelter. Potential adopters will need to continue their enrichment, socialization, and exposure to help them fully adjust to their new home and life outside of a shelter.

Rubi enjoying the ARLGP play yard

Rubi enjoying the ARLGP play yard

As an ASPCA response partner, the ARLGP also sent 5 staff members to the temporary shelter where the seized dogs were located to assist with care and treatment of the animals. Patsy Murphy executive director said, “We believe in supporting anti-cruelty initiatives both locally and nationally, and provide resources when available to assist in such situations. Our goal as a response partner is to provide on-the-ground support with experienced team members. In this case, the ARLGP offered front line assistance to animals in need. We work tirelessly to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals locally, and as this case illustrates – nationally.”

For more information on our four beautiful pitties, please contact the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland at (207) 854-9771. Maisie, Rubi and Miesha will be available for adoption on Saturday, June 7th, at 10am (Safie is happily being adopted by her foster family). Interested adopters are encouraged to visit the ARLGP on Saturday to meet these young pups and speak with professional dog trainer Adam Ricci, as well as our foster families to learn more.

To read more about the case, please visit the ASPCA and HSUS sites

To view other dogs available for adoption at the ARLGP, please visit



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