A dozen pit bulls were rescued from a cargo van headed for Mexico during a recent traffic stop in Buena Park, California, Fox News
Police reported that the animals were headed for dog fighting and pulled the vehicle over when they noticed it was missing a front license plate.
"These characters we stopped have been all over the United States picking up dogs, and they happened to be in the wrong place just an hour and a half north of the border," Sgt Bill Kohanek told the news source. "It was kind of nice getting (the dogs) off the street. At least they're all safe now."
The dogs were turned over to animal rescue
officials, who determined that many of them were owned by notorious criminals previously convicted of dog fighting. They also noted that some of the canines were worth as much as $20,000.
The individuals transporting the pooches were not arrested because officers said they worked for a legitimate animal transport business.
The Humane Society has been lobbying states to pass bans on dog fighting and has also been involved with raids on suspected dog fighting facilities.