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February 22, 2013

HSI Commends Costa Rican Authorities for Continued Efforts Against Animal Fights

Humane Society International/Latin America

The HSUS and HSI are taking our expertise abroad to combat dog fighting wherever it happens. This video shows how we're working with the Costa Rican government to combat the issue in that country.

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Humane Society International congratulates the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, the Costa Rican animal health service, as well as law enforcement authorities, for the latest in a series of recent raids that have targeted the clandestine breeding and keeping of dogs used for fighting. While illegal in Costa Rica, dog fights are prevalent in specific areas of the country. Authorities confiscated four adult dogs and seven puppies in the latest raid, which took place Thursday in the town of Alajuelita. SENASA, American Stafford Costa Rica and HSI/Latin America participated in the raid.

“We are pleased to see the continuing efforts of SENASA to fight the cruel practice of dog fighting, which has come to light due to the increasing numbers of reports and anonymous tips being received,” said Cynthia Dent, regional director for HSI/Latin America.

The confiscated adult dogs were American Stafford dogs used for breeding puppies later sold in Costa Rica’s dogfighting industry. These illegal breeding facilities were cramped, unsanitary and inappropriate for breeding or even keeping dogs. Authorities also rescued seven puppies, including six nursing dogs, from a possible life of dogfighting.

An older American Stafford dog named Toro was found living without adequate care, scarred from his participation in fights.

In dog fights, animals are conditioned and forced to fight to the death. Even when they survive, dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion or infection hours or even days after the fight, or are scarred and permanently maimed, subjected to great suffering during the process. And in addition to being cruel, animal fighting often goes hand in hand with gambling, drug dealing, illegal gun sales and murder.

The dogs will be sent to a rehabilitation center where they will be evaluated and whenever possible rehabilitated and adopted out to families.

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Media Contact:

Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440; rcontreras@humanesociety.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute the world’s largest animal protection organization. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, HSI/Latin America is active in programs related to companion animals, wildlife and farm animal welfare. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org.

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