Dogs Rescued from 'Face of Evil' Recovering at Chicago Heights Shelter

South Suburban Humane Society is caring for seven dogs rescued from a Dolton dog-fighting operation.

Article updated on Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:41 a.m.

Lorenzo's eye bulged out of its socket as he lay isolated in a back room at the South Suburban Humane Society (SSHS).

He's a dog nice enough to cuddle up on a stranger's lap. But when it comes to other dogs, Lorenzo only knows “attack,” according to Emily Klehm, the shelter's executive director.

That’s because Lorenzo was raised specifically to fight other dogs for human spectacle. And that’s exactly what he was doing at an old Dolton warehouse.

Eight suspects were arrested in connection with the operation after Cook County Sheriff's police received a tip about the fights.

Police notified SSHS about the dogs and investigators were sent to the scene, Klehm said. They returned with all seven rescued dogs.

"We’ve never really taken in dogs directly from a dog-fighting ring like this before, so it’s a different and kind of a shocking experience for our staff," Klehm said.

All of the dogs are in various stages of neglect and have battle scars, according to Klehm.

As for Lorenzo, it’s looking like he may lose his right eye.

"It’s absolutely heartbreaking for us," Klehm said. "It’s truly the face of evil when you see someone can do this to a completely innocent soul."

SSHS is asking for donations to assist in the care of the seven dogs. Besides the money needed to assist with medical treatment, the shelter needs bleach, blankets, laundry detergent, paper towels, dog food and disposable gloves. 

To make a monetary donation, visit the South Suburban Humane Society website.

Editor's note: This article initially stated there were ten dogs rescued from the Dolton dog-fighting operation. There were actually seven dogs rescued.

BlackHawks Fan December 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
It is truly sad what some people will do to these animals for their pathetic enjoyment. I will assist with some of your needs for these and other animals and I hope that others will too.
Mr. Jack December 07, 2012 at 04:46 AM
How can we help?
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 04:51 AM
You can donate money here: http://www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org/donate Here's more ways you can help: http://www.southsuburbanhumanesociety.org/join-us
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Hello, Mike. Your comment has been deleted as it violates our Terms of Use, which prohibit racism of any sort. You're welcome to re-post the comment, without the racist remark. Thank you, Lauren Traut Associate Regional Editor
Homewood Resident December 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
They also have a Wish List on Amazon that includes their much-needed supplies. Just search South Suburban Humane Society on the Wish List finder. It's very easy if you have an account and don't have time to make the delivery yourself.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Thanks for the info!
SouthSide December 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thank you for sharing this story, Ryan. Sadly, dog fighting is happening all over our neighborhoods. They can be right in front of someone's house, just two dogs fighting while one or two humans stand watching. These little incidents are a part of a bigger, more organized ring. Some people even have their dogs fight in the back of a van or SUV. Sometimes even while the vehicle is in motion. Everyone has a responsibility to protect those earthlings that have no voice to speak up for themselves. Call 911 when you see or even suspect animal abuse. Report what you see, where you see it, when you see. Thanks.
Southside2 December 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I might add that the SSHS always needs donations and volunteers, not just in a crisis mode like this one. In addition to saving, caring for and adopting out unwanted animals, the SSHS low cost spay and neuter program has helped slow the epidemic of strays in the area.
Ashley Rose Tiernan Johnson December 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Ugh breaks my heart! What is wrong with people?!
Ernie Souchak December 07, 2012 at 11:53 PM
You can direct that question to Michael Vick - he may be able to answer.
Mike Fangman December 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
"Because capital punishment has always worked as a deterrent," said no one ever.
Tired of the B.S. December 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
@Mike Fangman "Wow, that capital punishment sure worked." said the person watching the execution of the person that killed his loved one, "I'll bet that deters that scum from committing another crime."
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Mr. Williams, your comment has been deleted, as it violates our Terms of Use. We don't allow profanity or encouragement of violence. Thank you, Lauren Traut Associate Regional Editor


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