The largest dog fighting bust in U.S. history occurred in 2009 and was known as the Missouri 500. HRA's VP of Field Services, Chris Schindler, was closely involved with many aspects of the case. Five hundred dogs were seized in six states. Ten of those dogs made it to the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL), one of the legacy organizations that became the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA). All ten dogs found their new families in the DC area including one young dog named Taft.
Yesterday, Taft, now eight years old, was reluctantly, and tearfully surrendered to HRA by a loving owner whose circumstances had changed. Lisa Stemcosky, an HRA behavior manager and longtime staff member, facilitated the surrender and remembered Taft, and fondly reminisced about helping to socialize the young pup. Taft, a small, wiggly bundle of joy, didn’t have long to wait for a new life. He was adopted within two hours and went home with his new father later that day.
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