Forced to Fight and Left to Die
The canines who are most regularly reared for battling are by and large known as “pit bulls”: Staffordshire terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American bulldogs, and American pit bull terriers. Canines who are utilized for battling are generally kept penned or fastened (regularly with overwhelming logging chains), and many are insulted and starved keeping in mind the end goal to trigger extraordinary survival senses and support animosity.
A few dog fighters prepare puppies by driving them to tread water in pools; keep running on a treadmill while a confined rabbit, feline, chicken, or other scared creature is dangled before them; or hold tight with their jaws while dangling from a chain bedeviled with meat. Many mutts are infused with steroids, and a few dog fighters even hone their pooches’ teeth, removed their ears (to keep another canine from locking on), and add insect toxic substance to their sustenance so that their hide may taste awful to different puppies.
Canines who “win” battles are compelled to battle over and over and are utilized to breed puppies for benefit. One canine who was portrayed as an especially effective contender produced $100,000 in stud charges in a solitary year. Female puppies are strapped down on “assault stands” to counteract battling while guys impregnate them. A number of the mutts who don’t battle or who lose battles are utilized as “goad” creatures.
What Happens at Dogfights
The “pit” where these wicked occasions occur more often than not comprises of a soil or covered floor measuring 8 to 16 square feet, encompassed by a wooden walled in area that is around 3 feet high. Canines are taken to either end of the ring and discharged at the “face your mutts” summon. Sticks are utilized to pry separated the puppies, who brace down so savagely that it is normal for pooches to “tooth” themselves (i.e., chomp through their own lips). Canines are urged to battle until the very end, and the battle can continue for quite a long time—until both mutts are depleted and no less than one is truly harmed or dead.
A government prosecutor reviews a case in which one of 18 puppies found in an assault had 70 open injuries and was missing a large portion of a jaw, while another puppy’s body was 75 percent canvassed in scar tissue. A Louisiana state cop who conducts dogfighting examinations says, “When you go to where these battles have happened, you’ll discover several puppy carcasses or a pit brimming with blood.”
The Tip of an Iceberg
Like other forms of cruelty to animals, dog fighting is often linked to other crimes, including illegal gambling, drug activity, and murder. In a Texas home, three intruders bound the wife and children of a well-known pit-bull breeder and killed him for the $100,000 that he had won at a fight. Another infamous breeder planted “directional mines” on his property in an attempt to keep people away; a land surveyor was injured when one of these devices exploded.
A detective told the New York Daily News that “you can get more drugs and guns off the street by breaking up dog rings than you would breaking up drug rings.” An Ohio sheriff says that “just about every dogfighting search warrant we’ve done, we’ve found drugs.”
Young children are sometimes present at dogfights. Baltimore’s health department lists dog fighting as a child welfare issue on its Web site and cautions parents that “[c]hildren are exposed to exhibits of extreme brutality, illegal gambling, drugs, and guns associated with these cruel events.”
Dog Fighting is making a comeback in a big way in the U.S. It is estimated by some government sources that there are on average about 16,000 dogs killed each year in organized dog fights and that number continues to grow.
The HSUS estimated that in 2007:
• Approximately 250,000 dogs were placed in fighting pits nationwide (this number does
not include cockfighting or animals used as bait animals)
• Approximately 40,000 people were involved in organized dogfighting and an additional
100,000 were involved as street-level fighters
Five Facts About Dog Fighting
- Dog fighting is unlawful in the United States, and taking part in it is a lawful offense in each state.
- Dog fighters “prepare” puppies by compelling them to tread water in pools; keep running on a treadmill while a confined feline or another unnerved creature (who might be somebody’s stolen partner creature) is set before them; and hold tight with their jaws while dangling from a chain teased with meat.
- The puppies are some of the time infused with steroids, and a few dog fighters go so far as to hone their canines’ teeth, removed their ears, and add bug toxin to their nourishment so that their hide may taste terrible to other dogs.
- Dogfights can continue for a considerable length of time—until one pooch is genuinely harmed or bites the dust! Supposed “break sticks” are utilized to separate battling dogs.
- Puppies are positioned by their “gameness”— the capacity to continue battling notwithstanding when torment and loss of blood have made them go in