3 dogs, 9 puppies rescued from suspected Philadelphia dogfighting operation

Posted: February 28, 2012

Three adult dogs and nine puppies were rescued from a suspected dogfighting and breeding operation in the city's Kensington section, the Pennsylvania SPCA said Monday.

Humane law officers from the PSPCA executed a search warrant Sunday at a property in the 3300 block of H Street, and "pit bull type" dogs were found, said PSPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano.

Rasheed Holland, 36, was arrested and charged with multiple felony counts related to dogfighting and summary offenses for keeping animals in unsanitary conditions and failing to provide veterinary care, Marano said.

Dogfighting paraphernalia was recovered from the property, Marano said.

"Several of the animals appeared to have old scars and wounds from suspected fighting," said George Bengal, the PSPCA's director of humane law enforcement. "Animal fighting is a horrendous form of animal abuse. We are glad we were able to intervene when we did."

Holland may face additional charges because suspected narcotics were also found at the property, Marano said.

The dogs were surrendered to the PSPCA and will be available for adoption pending medical and behavioral evaluations.

Marano said two puppies were already being processed for adoption.

To visit the agency's website, go to www.pspca.org.


Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983, bmoran@phillynews.com, or @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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