Absolutely we should not make a bigger deal about other issues. This is cruelty on a massive, grand scale, spanning states and involving hundreds of helpless animals - and the breeding and raising of dogs that will live a life of pure misery and torture. For goodness' sake - a `rape stand' was found at his house, which is used to hold aggressive dogs for mating. What life did these animals have? What hope?
This was systematic, planned, organised and syndicated abuse, torture, gambling, murder and violence. I don't see that the fact that dogs are the victims makes it any less serious. This man and his friends have been found to enjoy and take pleasure out of causing pain and suffering, and deliberately killed many of these dogs in the most brutal and violent and painful way possible.
I'm sorry, but yes, that does beat someone who beats up his wife. Because it was on such a huge scale, and showed such profound lack of compassion, that it eclipses more common forms of violence and makes me wonder who he will take his violent urges out on now that his dogs are gone