Raid nets four fighting dogs that came from United States

The Humane Society International said the 14 dogs have been confiscated during a raid last week. The  Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal de Costa and local police were involved, said the organization. Also involved was  American Stafford Costa Rica, according to a release.

What makes this unusual is that four of the animals appear to have come from the United States and are of a bloodline of fighting dogs, Humane Society International, quoting animal health officials.

“The cruelty of dog fights goes beyond the confines of the fighting grounds themselves, virtually translating into lifetimes of mistreatment and pain for countless animals every year,” said Cynthia Dent, regional director for Humane Society International/Latin America.

In dog fights, animals are conditioned from an early age to fight to the death, and even when they prevail, dogs used in these events are scarred and permanently maimed, often dying of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion or infection hours or even days after the fight, the organization said.

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