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Following last week’s news that 225 dogs were recovered by agents who busted up a Baltimore-based dogfighting ring, many readers asked where the dogs ended up after they were rescued. After one of the raids in Baltimore, 70 dogs went to BARCS, the local animal shelter reported this week.

A total of 22 people were indicted in connection with the dogfighting ring, which spanned locations around Baltimore and a compound in West Virginia.

BARCS staff were heavily involved in the efforts to rescue the dogs from one of the Baltimore raids, the organization said in a news release. During the raid, a team from the American Humane Association’s Red Star rescue squad provided crates, as well as “care and compassion” to the dogs. The dogs are now being cared for by BARCS and the organization’s fostering partners. The organization could not provide specific details on whether any would need to be euthanized.

“Because of the pending prosecution, details of the animals cannot be provided at this time,” the BARCS statement said. “However, BARCS wants the community to know that as a general matter each dog is assessed individually for placement by animal care professionals and every effort is made to rehabilitate them and place them for adoption. Thanks to these efforts, many of them, including all puppies and young dogs, will end up with loving families.”

Anyone interested in adopting a dog can visit the BARCS shelter at 301 Stockholm St.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.