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Dog fighting harms animals, society
Acting Animal Shelter
|We are called upon,
more than we like, to assist law enforcement when they crack
down on illegal dog fighting. This is a troublesome issue for
not only animal lovers, but society as a whole. Dog fighting has become a serious issue
in our area and nationwide.
Why should you know how to recognize
and report suspected dog fighting
Because dog fighting is a felony in
Most every state and is linked to many other illegal and
criminal activities. Law enforcement and animal welfare
Dog fighters are often involved in illegal gambling,
the sale and possession of drugs, as well as illegal weapons.
Dog fighters and spectators have a history of violent
and criminal behavior toward people. THIS IS A LEARNED
BEHAVIOR!! However, upon confrontation by law enforcement
agencies, the anticipated gun battles and war like atmosphere from
the fighting groups is almost never seen. In fact, they
crumble, begin to cry, hide and beg for various forms of
Dog fighting is another entertainment activity for
Dogs trained for fighting have been known to
viciously attack innocent people for no apparent reason.
It is not uncommon for dog fighters or spectators to
involve their children in dog fighting.
Research shows young children who view this type of violence have a
greater acceptance of aggressive attitudes and behavior. These
children are taught to believe that it's okay to inflict the
cruelties they observe and that dog fighting is an acceptable
Just because your neighbor owns a pit bull does not mean that he or
she is a dog fighter.
Signs of serious dog fighting include:
Ownership of several adult dogs and/or puppies that
are confined by thick chains with or without weights on their
Tires or other items suspended from trees to provide
jaw strengthening activities.
Hand walking, jogging or using a treadmill
A "cat mill" which confines a cat, rabbit or other
small animal and encourages the dog to chase it may be present. As
a reward for its hard, work, the dog will be permitted to capture
and kill the confined animal. These "bait" animals are often stolen
pets or animals obtained through "free to good home"
People of all ages coming and going in groups from a
residence or other site, some with dogs.
What Should You Look
Men, women and children attend dog fights throughout the year. Dog
fighting is not a "seasonal sport." Virtually any area within
the community and county can hold a dog fight:
Observing adolescents and/or adults with dogs, going to or coming
from a site, should peak your
The party-like atmosphere surrounding a dog fight is noticeable.
Spectators cheer for their chosen dog as the bets stack up. Growling
and barking, especially if other breeds of dogs are being used, is
What Breed of Dogs are Involved in Dog
Dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or any other
breed commonly known as pit bull, may be used in dog fighting
activities. Other large breeds of dogs may also be used for dog
Dogs used in fighting often times have observable characteristics:
Recent or long-standing wounds and abscesses
Short ear crops
Scars on the head, throat, legs, and ears
Wide leather or web collars with heavy rings
Puncture wounds and lacerations
Bleeding dogs and/or blood stains in a confined area
Severe injuries that can result in death from loss of
blood and internal trauma.
What Can You
Remember that violence, weapons, and illegal activities go
hand-in-hand with dog fighting. Report any suspected dog fighting
activities to the appropriate local law enforcement agency ---
Jackson County Sheriff's Department or one of our four municipal
Spectators provide much of the profit associated with dog fighting.
The money generated by admission fees and gambling helps keep this
"sport" alive. Because dogfights are illegal and therefore not
widely publicized, spectators do not merely happen upon a fight;
they seek it out. They are willing participants who support a
criminal activity through their paid admission and attendance.
In Most states, it is a felony for any person to:
Sponsor, promote, state or conduct a fight
or fighting match between dogs.
Wager or bet, promote or encourage the
wagering or betting of any money or other valuable thing on a dog
Own a dog with the intent to willfully
enter it or to participate in a dog fight.
Train or transport a dog for the purpose
of participation in a dog fight.
To attend a dog fight or exhibition of a
Punishment for the first offenses vary from $1,000 to $5,000 or a
one- to three-year term in a state penitentiary. The penalty for
being a spectator is $500 to $5,000 fine or up to one year in a
reporting dog fighting will reduce violence and illegal activities
in your neighborhood! It is
up to you and your neighbors to spread the word that dog fighting is
not acceptable in your neighborhood.