After Break-In, Humane Society Dogs Used For Fight Training

After Break-In, Humane Society Dogs Used For Fight Training

More than a dozen dogs in rural Arkansas are recovering after they were used as bait dogs for dog fights.
Helena, AR (Localmemphis.com)-- More than a dozen dogs in rural Arkansas are recovering after they were used as bait dogs for dog fights.

Humane Society employees say someone broke into several cages a few days before Halloween, opened the cages and then staged several fights. Thirteen dogs were injured and several seriously injured.

"It is just the lowest of the low," said Cloria Higginbotham, President of the Helena Humane Society. "To put these dogs in between two pit bulls, it is just absolutely horrible."

Higginbotham says employees found blood everywhere and several of the dogs were so injured they couldn't walk.

"They were fighting over in that corner," said Tony Morehead, who works at the shelter. "That was devastating for me, because I'm an animal lover."

"For someone to come in here and let all the animals out, and to fight them, for no reason? No. That's not cool at all," he added.

Morehead said one dog, Jenny, is slowly bouncing back.

"All this here was ripped open, her legs here were gashed," he said. "All up under here she was ripped open and it was really devastating."

To make matters worse, Higginbotham and other workers pay out of their own pockets to keep the shelter open. The Humane Society does not receive any government funding.

"It takes us anywhere from $8,000 to $9,000 a month to operate, and there are many months that I will fund that on my own," she said.

"Some days you just think you can't keep on going or get out bed to do it, but then you look at these dogs and they need you can't stop," she added. "You just can't stop."

Higginbotham says the Humane Society needs to build a fence around its outdoor dog facility to prevent something like this from happening again. She estimated the fence could cost more than $3,000.

"I'm determined, I am not going to give up. Somehow or other, we are going to keep going," she said. "People never thought we would last this long and we're going on our six year."

Investigators are still looking for a suspect in the Humane Society break-in. If you know anything, you are asked to call Helena/West Helena Police.
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