Here’s How You Can Fight Back Against Dog Fighting Today

It’s times like this when a Care2 petition can become an effective tool for ensuring that justice is served.

In Florida recently, the largest dog fighting ring ever was discovered in the state and broken up, so concerned citizen Sue Lee started a Care2 petition to ensure that the criminals involved, some of whom are repeat offenders, receive a just punishment for their part in the cruel activity.

The Florida case is a sobering reminder of just how brutal dog fights are. As the petition explains:

Emaciated dogs were left behind in pools of blood, dilapidated cages and dirty chains. Several animals were taken by animal control, which said many of them are in poor health and on the “verge of death.” Investigators said they also believe several dogs could be buried on the property.

They also found caged chickens, a rabbit and a raccoon that were all used as bait animals to incite the dogs, and among the dogs rescued was a mother and her puppies.

The petition implores:

Central Florida Apopka Police – Please do a full investigation on this huge dog fighting ring so that you can find justice for all the animal victims involved. All these suspects need to be punished severely with lengthy jail times, exuberant fines and banned from coming anywhere within inches of an animal for the rest of their lives. If such penalties were in place, some of these people would not be repeat offenders. Please help the animals from such abusers and get these criminals off the streets and away from animals!

As the ASPCA tells it, historical accounts of dog fights date as far back as the 1750s, but widespread activity emerged after the Civil War, with professional rings popping up in the 1860s. The fact that dog fighting still happens today begs the question, what century are we living in?

In 2008, dog fighting became a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in most states, the possession of dogs for the purpose of fighting is also a felony offense, as is being a spectator at a dog fight.

Many people involved in dog fighting think they can make money by breeding and selling dogs, but the sad reality is, a great number of these animals are killed or abandoned if they fail to perform.

Unfortunately, dog fighting is a crime that often goes unpunished, and it’s so rampant in the U.S. that there’s even a National Dog Fighting Awareness Day on April 8.

If dog fighting is so widespread, why don’t more cases come to light? The ASPCA explains:

Dog fighting is a violent and highly secretive enterprise that is extremely difficult for law enforcement and investigative professionals to infiltrate. A dog fight investigation requires many of the same skills and resources as a major undercover narcotics investigation, and challenges the resources of any agency that seeks to respond to it.

An additional complication is that the evidence likely to be seized in a raid includes the dogs—living creatures who must be taken care of and maintained while the judicial process unfolds. Most prosecutors would be happy to take on every dog fight case they could, but they are limited by the human and animal care resources available to them.

Just how widespread is dog fighting in the U.S.? According to the ASPCA, the number of people involved in dog fighting in the U.S. is in the tens of thousands.

If you missed my last article, keep in mind that pets sometimes get stolen by menacing individuals who use them in street fights or as bait dogs used to train fighting dogs. That’s what Sugar’s owners fear happened to her. She’s the pit bull who went missing more than a month ago in NYC who has people around the world helping with her search. Unfortunately, there’s still no word on her whereabouts.

Pit bulls are especially vulnerable, since they’re the top dog used in dog fights.

To make sure your pet doesn’t become the latest dog fight victim, the ASPCA suggests that you refrain from leaving your animals outside without supervision, make sure they wear proper identification tags, and get your pet micro-chipped.

For those who think they know what dog fight bad guys look like, you may be surprised to learn that “participants and promoters come from every community and all backgrounds, with audiences including lawyers, judges, teachers and other upstanding community leaders,” according to the ASPCA.

TAKE ACTION

Dog fights are violent spectacles, and the dogs involved are trained to keep going and never give up when they are fighting, even if it means being hurt or killed.

Clearly, when it comes to dog fighting, there are no winners. If you want to do something to help end this brutal practice, here are some suggestions:

Online petitions continue to be an effective way for people to help bring about changes in policies that save animals’ lives. If there’s an issue you care about, consider starting your own petition.

 

Photo Credit: Douglas McCoy

127 comments

Michael F
Michael Friedmann8 months ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris8 months ago

Petition signed.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara8 months ago

here the worry is that cats are stolen to throw in with greyhounds so this is why the greyhound will chase the electric hare.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara8 months ago

In the past propel had next to no entertainment so they used animals in various ways like the trick pony, also dancing bear, animal baiting and fighting. Nowadays we see this as cruel and stupid but the neanderthal-minded still want to continue.

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

Lock the mongerals up that do this Thank you for carin and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

So cruel and saddening Thank you for carin and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

Should be banned forever worldwide Thank you for carin and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis Whitney8 months ago

Cruel BASTARDS doing this Thank you for carin and sharing

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hELEN h
hELEN hEARFIELD8 months ago

Wicked people

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Lesa D
Past Member 8 months ago

*END ALL DOG~FIGHTING EVERYWHERE*

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