A few years ago, the men who make up Justice Rescue — including Wolf, Cujo, Crash, House and Kidd — would have been out on their Harleys on a Sunday, having a blast on the highways like every other biker in the area.
But, as they said at a McDonald's in Prospect Park, Delaware County, each has his own reason for spending hours in rough neighborhoods every week, walking into abandoned houses, dealing with wasps, snakes, rats, poison ivy and suspicious residents, just to save a cat or dog.
"When you feel there's nothing left in the world, with nothing left to be here for, having a dog can save your life," says Wolf, who speaks for Justice Rescue. "Dogs are really why we're still here."
The other men nod in agreement, staring into their coffee.
None of the men in Justice Rescue wants to use his real name, but each insists the group is not a bunch of vigilantes out to harass anyone with a pit bull. They work hand-in-hand with local police departments and animal-welfare agencies and are careful not to step on anyone's toes when it comes to other investigations.
Then again, if someone's hiding fighting pit bulls in the basement of an abandoned building or a dog's so weak that it can't stand up to go to the bathroom, Wolf's not waiting for permission to do something about it.
"We will not be intimidated," he says. "It just doesn't happen."
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Written by Jason Nark