Stop Local Dogfighting
Look for these signs to identify dogfighting in your neighborhood.
Posted: August 29, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT
Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick’s involvement in dogfighting has brought national attention to the extreme cruelty of this criminal industry. The Humane Society of the United States, which has campaigned against dogfighting for decades, has found it thriving in urban and rural areas, and says it is on the rise.
Concerned citizens in every community can take steps to identify and report the presence of dogfighting in their communities. Lawmakers have recently passed HSUS-backed legislation to strengthen animal fighting laws in many jurisdictions, and individuals involved in dogfighting face serious penalties if they are prosecuted.
So how can you tell if dogfighting is going on in your neighborhood? Telltale signs include:
- An inordinate number of dogs, often pit-bull mixes, kept in one location, chained and apparently unsocialized.
- Signs of or the obvious presence of a fighting pit.
- Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs and stifle area (hind end and thighs).
- Dogfighting training equipment such as rawhide or tires hanging from trees (that dogs jump up and grab onto) or treadmills.
- The remains of dead animals outside a suspicious location.
- A large number of missing pets. Individuals involved in dogfighting are known to steal cats and smaller dogs for use in training.
- Unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours.
- If you suspect dogfighting in your neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. The HSUS offers a standing $2,500 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dogfighting.
Read more about the Michael Vick case in the DogChannel roundup of news items.
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