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Rescued dogs in RI foster care

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It's been a long journey to Rhode Island for Tilley and Famous Amos.

The two dogs were among more than 400 rescued from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi in the second largest dog fighting ring in U.S. history.

"That was (Tilley's) life. On a chain, attached to a buried car axle. And that was it. A little bit of shelter. A little bit of food now and then. She was just being used to breed and breed and breed," said Mark Stoutzenberger of Handsome Dan's Rescue in Providence.

Tilley's sternum was broken and so were her front legs. She was heartworm positive and had tumors all over her body.

But she's happier now than she's ever been and on the road to recovery.

Famous Amos is younger than Tilley. He's got scars on his legs, most likely from fights.

"I drove these guys from down South and Amos was the quietest, but I think the happiest guy I've ever had the pleasure of sharing a long car ride with," Stoutzenberger said.

For the past five months, the dogs have been in a temporary shelter as the government builds its case against those who it says abused them.

The bust, because of its size, has a name.

"Nicknamed the 367. It was a joint effort by the ASPCA, HSUS, FBI and local authorities," said Heather Gutshall of Handsome Dan's Rescue.

Since being quarantined and treated, several of the dogs are now in Rhode Island foster families. Amber McNulty is Amos's foster parent.

"It's for the dogs. I'm just doing it for them," she said.

After proper treatment, the dogs will likely be adopted.

"They'll be in foster care for however long it takes. And some of these dogs, it might take a year for them in foster care for them to be medically ready to be adopted out," Stoutzenberger said.

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