MACON, GA (WALB) - Tuesday morning, The Humane Society of the United States honored several agencies in Georgia that helped bust a multi-state dog fighting organization.
A round of applause rang through the room at the Macon U.S. District Attorney's office, where dozens gathered to be recognized, and mark a victory over dog fighting.
"Really? This is great, it's a big honor," said Regenia Wells, Director of the Tift County Animal Shelter.
She took in 42 of the battered pit bulls after law enforcement raided over 30 locations across the southeast, stretching from Georgia to Texas. The group responsible for the brutal rings went by the name of "229 Boys Kennel."
"This is a significant kennel, this wasn't a local area dog fighting case, this was people who traveled far distances to be able to engage in dog fighting, and were known nationally," she said.
Upon seeing the horrific conditions. Wells knew she had to do something more, she adopted one pup and named him 007. "Has problem with his teeth and his hip, but he's fine he's about seven years old and he has the time of his life running around the pond," said Wells.
The GBI and other agencies invested four years of their time, tracking and pulling in all their resources to put seven people behind bars. Nearly a year later more than half of the rescued dogs found homes.
"These are very loving and devoted dogs,"said Wells.
And devoted people who can will stop at nothing to bring justice to the ones who can't.