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December 12, 2011

Be a Hero for Animals like Honey

Honey, a pit bull rescued from fighting
Allison Williams
Honey on the day of her rescue. Watch her video.

The HSUS recently paid out our 100th reward for information leading to a conviction in an animal fighting case—$5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for any person involved in dogfighting or cockfighting crimes. This milestone is part of our ongoing work to stop animal fighting through rescue, rewards, stronger penalties and enforcement, and community outreach.

One of the many animals we’ve saved from the horrors of illegal fighting is Honey, a wounded pit bull found tied to a heavy chain during a dogfighting raid this summer. Our manager of animal fighting investigations, Chris Schindler, narrates our new video about Honey. Chris helps law enforcement shut down fighting rings and has deployed countless times all across the country to save dogs from the fighting pit. Here’s an excerpt of what he wrote about this case and about this turn-around in Honey’s life:

One of 20 dogs seized in a July dogfighting raid, Honey lived her life either staked in a yard or, worse, fighting for survival in a bloody pit. She had a hole in her cheek to prove it.

Honey was the last dog I freed from the heavy chains that day. I held her in my arms as our team drove to the safety of a nearby kennel. There, we gave her the food, medical care, and rest she needed to save her life. But it was the toys, the treats, and the romps in the grass that changed her life. Now, her wagging tail reassures me that she has healed, inside and out.

Watch our video to see Honey’s story—then become a Humane Hero with your monthly donation to help us save more animals like her.

This work—I’ll be honest—it can be overwhelming. There are so many dogs, cats, horses, and other animals living in unspeakable conditions. When it gets to be too much, though, I think of Honey. That day, with Honey shivering in my arms, I didn’t need to be a hero for every single animal in need. Just one. Her.

That’s what it all comes down to at The Humane Society of the United States. Each of us doing what we can every day to be a hero for just one animal...With your help, my colleagues and I will not only continue to help bust dogfighting rings, but we’ll also take on the individuals and industries that profit from animal suffering—from people who club baby seals to death, to those who confine animals in factory farms, to those who abuse dogs in puppy mills.

It isn’t easy work. But with your support today and year-round, it’s a little more possible each day.

Happily, Honey is being adopted into a loving home after care and rehabilitation from our staff and the Indiana rescue group Casa Del Toro. With your help, we can save many more animals like her. Thank you for all your support.

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