- Posted April 14, 2014 by
Smithtown, New York
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Ginja, the canine victim of a vicious dogfighting ring, has been found after her abduction from a local city shelter in Buffalo, N.Y. “This poor dog was placed in a shelter only to be seized for a purported return to the ring, she has defied the odds once again,” says Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, a New York based group dedicated to the rescue and safety of ‘man’s best friend.’
Ginja was seized in a felony animal cruelty case, and her owner was arrested and later charged with four felony counts of training dogs for the purpose of fighting. Ginja was placed in a shelter, only to be stolen shortly after. Thus began the involvement of animal rights attorney Matt Albert, who immediately contacted Guardians of Rescue for help, who then enlisted the help of a private investigator.
“She had not only been injured from her bouts in the ring, but was returned with a heavy chain around her neck and malnourished,” says Misseri. Ginja was rescued after the fund raising efforts produced $7,000 - Guardians of Rescue added $5,000 to the $2,000 already raised by Mr. Albert, for her safe return.
“Given the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, her whereabouts will be kept a secret, as we don’t want a repeat of the last scenario,” says one of Guardians of Rescue’s private investigators on the case.
Guardians of Rescue will aid in the process of placing Ginja with a rescuer who will place her in a loving home. “It is our hope that our campaign to rescue this mistreated dog will result in an awareness of the horrific dogfighting rings, and demand action to end it. We are also excited by the prospect of Ginja finally becoming a part of someone’s family, and elated to have played a part in this happy ending. With more people willing to put a stop to this cruel sport, we have a chance of curtailing it. Ginja can serve as the ‘poster dog’ in the campaign, a well-deserved honor and life the rest of her life fighting for kisses,” says Misseri.
From the sad life of a dog facing death every time her owner placed her in the ring, to a beloved family pet, Guardians of Rescue wishes to thank all those involved in the efforts to rescue her, and share with them the success those efforts brought.
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.