According to recent reports, authorities in the state of Missouri are dealing with the breakup of a substantial dogfighting ring where law enforcement activity netted up to 350 dogs and 30 people across several states including Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee.
This Chicago Tribune story is just one of several reports originating online about the activity leading up to this series of raids, which has been called the largest in recent history.
As police and other law enforcement officers force the workers to deal with the aftermath of the situation and try to find homes for these dogs, a large question looms: what are the liabilities involved with handling all these animals, which have been bred or trained for ferocity? Concerns about the future handling of these animals include their passage through the law enforcement system, as well as any new homes they may find.
In any case dealing with dangerous dog breeds, there's always the concern of responsibility for any incidents where these conditioned animals injure their human handlers. Dogs confiscated from dogfights can tend to fall into a kind of “gray area”, making assessment all the more difficult. What's clear, though, is that certain dog breeds pose more of a general risk, and insurers, such as those providing homeowners insurance, reflect this in their policies.