When you think of biker gangs, you think of big, burly men with tattoos and beards. When it comes to this group of guys, you're right about their outward appearance, but don't read a book by its cover!
Rescue Ink was a prominent biker gang between 2008 to 2014. They found a niche in cruelty cases that law enforcement simply couldn't tackle. If a dog had a "proper" shelter per the wording of the law, law enforcement couldn't seize a dog left in the cold. But the bikers would either convince the owner to surrender the dog, or even better, build or buy a better cold weather doghouse.
The men made agreements with numerous rescues and veterinarians and were a valuable resource in some pretty heinous cases. For instance, they've investigated and broken up dog fighting circuits, puppy mills in which people were mass producing purebred puppies for drug money, a person who tried to poison a colony of cats and even a serial cat killer. The group consisted of bikers, ex-bodybuilders, power-lifting champions, former military personnel, police detectives, and lawyers. Guys who had an intimidation factor and knowledge of the law so that they could walk the fine edge of legality to save as many abused and neglected animals as possible.
The group wasn't all brawn and muscle. They also had big hearts. They managed to stay within the boundaries of the law, cooperate with police and handle over 1,000 emails and up to 250 phone calls every day. They've rescued everything from dogs and cats to horses and a boa constrictor. One member went as far as taking a kitten wherever he went because he had to bottle feed it every couple of hours. A spokesperson for the organization was once quoted as saying "Some people like to think of us as superheroes. The truth is, we are super animal lovers (and protectors). Through the years, and through many caseloads, obstacles, and downright challenges, we remain strong and dedicated to our mission."
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