Is there a dog fighting epidemic in Philly?

As I was about to post a wrap-up from the two-day long citywide series of raids on dogfighting venues I was notified about yet another raid, this time in Northeast Philadelphia.

Tonight the Pennsylvania SPCA seized eight dogs from a home and made two more arrests have been made in connection with a large dogfighting ring, according to SPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano.

Police and SPCA officers descended on a home at 463 E. Cheltenham Avenue where they found fighting equipment, records and what appeared to be a fighting ring.

The home is connected to one of the 17 people arrested Monday in two raids conducted by the SPCA on Monday.

So the total as of tonight by my count: nineteen people arrested and 34 dogs seized.

For a full report on the raids that took place Sunday night and into Monday read the Inquirer report here.

The saddest news is, of course, the plight and fate of the fighting dogs. Because they were seized in a criminal case, the 34 pit bulls - seven of them puppies - will be held until the case is adjudicated. Whether they will be able to be adopted after a brutal life in the dog fighting ring is another story. In addition the sudden influx of dozens of dogs puts enormous pressure on the shelter already straining under the daily intake of unwanted and stray dogs and cats.

WHYY Newsworks reports on the PSPCA's efforts to treat the victims of Philadelphia's latest dog fighting busts and its campaign to combat stereotypes about pit bills.