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Intruders broke into an animal shelter in Helena-West Helena on Wednesday night and pitted multiple dogs against one another, leaving several animals wounded and a kennel destroyed, the Humane Society of the Delta said in a Facebook post Friday.

"The scene was straight out of a horror film," the post said. "It was a bloodbath. Kennels had been destroyed in the mayhem to give you an idea of the kind of fighting and violence that took place. To say we are disgusted at the kind of person who could do this to helpless, homeless animals is an understatement."

Beth Florek, a 10-year veteran of the humane society, said she got a call about 2 a.m. Thursday from someone who could hear "the noise the dogs were making."

Two dogs tore at a third, Rubio, that suffered life-threatening injuries during the attack.

Florek said she is not yet sure if the person who broke into the kennels took their own fighting dogs in with them, but multiple dogs had bite wounds. In a video posted on the society's Web page, Rubio has a gaping wound near his abdomen and bite marks along his jaw and ear.

"I've been a nurse for more than 40 years," Florek said. "I ran an ER in New Orleans. I thought I'd seen the dregs of the Earth. But seeing how people in my hometown, in my county ... they treat their animals as though they're disposable. And it's not just here. There are stories from all humane societies."

The violence Wednesday night is the third time someone has broken in and injured animals in the past four years, Florek said, sometimes resulting in the death of one of the animals.

Attempts to install security cameras have been thwarted, she said, when people stole the cameras or when the shelter simply did not have the funds to continue to care for about 300 dogs and install a security system.

Florek said the humane society is already in need of funds for daily operation and now must pay medical bills for the injured dogs. The society's website is

Phillips County sheriff's office representatives were not available for immediate comment Saturday.

Metro on 10/14/2018

Print Headline: Homeless dogs forced to fight


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  • zzzzipy12
    October 14, 2018 at 9:47 a.m.


  • AuntPetunia
    October 14, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.

    People are worst animals :(

  • LR1955
    October 14, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

    These Intruders = Dregs of the Earth

  • MaxCady
    October 14, 2018 at 3:34 p.m.

    I was in Hell Town last Thursday through Sunday and I was glad to get out of that place after dark.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    October 14, 2018 at 4:37 p.m.

    Homeless dogs need to get a job. Disgusting all around...

  • grandmato10gmailcom
    October 14, 2018 at 6:39 p.m.

    Disgusting!! I hope they got video footage of their faces.

    October 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

    All Animal Abusers should either suffer the same fate they dole out to their helpless innocent victims, or lined up and executed immediately! No trials, no appeals, no court cases dragging on! ASAP!! Laws need to be MUCH, MUCH stiffer for these horrendous crimes!!

  • Cockeyedview
    October 15, 2018 at 7:48 a.m.

    There is not much hope for HELLena! Amazing how this once thriving community has gone to HELLena in a hand basket!

  • PenLR
    October 15, 2018 at 9:12 a.m.

    People suck sometimes. There's a special place in hell for anyone who would do this.

  • GeneralMac
    October 15, 2018 at 12:06 p.m.

    This is the canine version of "bum fights" that were seen on the internet.

    I didn't hear anyone advocating hell for the person orchestrating and filming those fights.

    Too many people place homeless dogs on a higher priority than homeless people.