WASHINGTON (October 3, 2023)— Today, following news that a senior Pentagon official was "arrested and charged with participating in a dogfighting ring in the D.C. area for more than 20 years,” Humane Society Legislative Fund President Sara Amundson released the following statement:
“We commend the Office of the US Attorney for Maryland, the FBI, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Defense for their close collaboration in investigating the participation of a senior-level federal employee in a dogfighting operation. Animal fighting is not a trivial crime and invites a myriad of other felony-level crimes; it’s a moral and social scourge that continues to plague American society and no one should be immune from prosecution.
“We’ve long supported legislation and other means to strengthen cross-governmental approaches to investigation, charging and prosecution as an effective means to challenge cruelty and protect animals.”
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Humane Society Legislative Fund works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues and support humane candidates for office. Formed in 2004, HSLF is incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code as a separate lobbying affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States.