Our Work

Pursuing dog fighters is dangerous business.  The men and women who fund, exhibit and attend dog fights are often armed and dangerous.

The high propensity for violence, as well as the associated drug and weapons crimes that frequently occur at dog fights can make these types of animal abuse cases too dangerous for local humane officers to address.

The high profile dog fight cases - like the 2007 Michael Vick case and the 2009 Mississippi cases - are often jointly handled by federal, state and local agencies.  Unfortunately though, few cases garner this type of multi-agency support.  Further, though federal agencies like the USDA OIG and FBI have done more in recent years than ever before to address dog fighting in the US, limited resources often relegate animal crimes to the back of already over burdened case loads.

Finally, local prosecutors and police departments often aren't provided the resources that would allow them to regularly address animal fighting cases which require costly, time intensive investigations and the space to hold seized animals for extended periods of times.

The Tarshis Foundation aims to supplement funding for the investigation and enforcement of dog fighting in both urban and rural areas.  By working closely with local law enforcement to identify needed resources and provide necessary funding, we hope to enable law enforcement agencies to continue to be more aggressive in pursuing and prosecuting individuals who fight animals for sport.