The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is assisting the KBI with a suspected dogfighting case in Doniphan County.
KBI said 45 dogs were removed from a property believed to be associated with dogfighting in Bendena, Kan., north of Atchison.
A search warrant was issued Thursday morning by KBI, where ASPCA responders discovered adult dogs and puppies living in terrible conditions throughout the property. Some dogs appeared to show scars and injuries commonly associated with dogfighting. Dogfighting paraphernalia was also discovered on the property.
Following the search warrant, Colton R. Albright, 28, of Bendena, was arrested for 42 counts of dogfighting, four counts of possession of dogfighting paraphernalia, one count of animal cruelty, one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, one count of felony drug paraphernalia, one count of criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of criminal possession of a firearm less than 18 inches, and a drug tax stamp violation.
Albright was transported to the Doniphan County Jail.
Spokeswoman for KBI Melissa Underwood said they are extremely thankful that the ASPCA was willing to partner with them in this investigation.
“Their responders are best equipped to ensure these animals receive the treatment and care they require.”
“Sadly, dogfighting is more prevalent than many people think and it continues to be a popular underground activity throughout the country,” added Joel Lopez, Operations Director for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team.
The dogs will be transported to an ASPCA temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where they will be cared for by ASPCA veterinary and behavior experts until custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA’s Legal Advocacy department will work closely with law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure the best outcome for these animals.