2017-03-14 / Front Page

Dog fighting is illegal

Dogs, usually Pit Bulls, are bred for fighting. They have to be trained to fight. If a dog won’t fight, it is usually killed or dumped. They are made to fight for hours, even if they are seriously injured. If they are injured, their injuries are not tended to properly.

Dog fighting not only hurts dogs, it endangers public safety. People attending such events can be drug users, abusers, alcoholics. Sometimes children are taken to these events, exposed to animal cruelty, made to believe it is normal. It is a known fact that some of the people that commit these crimes are more likely to be violent toward people. Dog fighting is a felony in every state and a federal felony.

Signs of dogfighting are a large number of Pit Bulls in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsocialized. Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs hind ends and thighs. Dog fighting training equipment such as treadmills and tires hanging from trees. Many people visiting a location at odd hours. If you see any suspicious activity related to animal abuse or dog fighting, report it to local police or humane officers. The Humane Society of the United States will pay you up to $5000.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dog fighter. If you suspect dog fighting in your neighborhood, call the police. Your identity will be protected. For more information about the reward program, call the HSUS at 1-877-TIP-HSUS.

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