February 14, 2011
Pit Bull Puppy Used As Bait In Dog Fighting Ring
Kelly, a Pit Bull Terrier puppy, Found Wandering Streets with Scars and Broken Jaw
Kelly, a black and white Pit Bull Terrier, was found wandering the streets of Philadelphia before being picked up by Animal Control, reports WCBS 880. She was then sent to Animal Alliance of Lambertville, a nonprofit organization that tends to severely abused animals.
According to Animal Alliance, bait dogs like Kelly are thrown in between two powerful dogs to begin a dog fight. Bait dogs are small, submissive dogs that are torn apart by the two dogs, who will ultimately redirect their aggression toward each other, leaving the bait dog badly wounded. Often used to start fights, bait dogs are usually killed in the ring or by their owners. Sometimes they are abandoned when they are no longer of use to the pit bull fighters.
Kelly's injuries are common on bait dogs: large open wounds on her legs, head and ears. Most disturbingly, her lower jaw had been broken; the bone was exposed, infected and very painful.
Three local vets at different central New Jersey practices are working together to help Animal Alliance assist Kelly in her recovery.
Kelly should be ready for adoption in about six weeks, but donations are desperately needed to defray the costs of Kelly's surgery and ongoing medical care. To donate or to inquire about adoption, visit www.animalalliancenj.org and click on "Donate Now."
October 29, 2010:
LOS ANGELES -- The barbaric practice of fighting dogs -- for blood sport and big money -- refuses to disappear.
The problem gained national attention when professional football player, Michael Vick was sent to prison for his involvement in dog fighting and a recent report shows the abuse is widespread here in Southern California.
According to L.A. County animal control officer Annette Ramirez, "Dog fighting is one of our number one crimes."
Video of underground dog fighting -- where dogs are pitted against one another and fight 'til their death -- can be found online.
Some dogs that make it out alive end up at local animal shelters and officers say the scars from dog fighting are apparent.
While authorities continue to chase the problem, Ramirez says they want your help, "dog fighting is just so underground, hidden that we highly rely on public to let us know what's going on out there so we can investigate them.
Call 1-877-NO2FITE, FITE -- It's a tip line,
you can remain anonymous but there is a $5,000 reward for the arrest or conviction of someone involved in dog fighting."
About PIT BULL
There is no such thing as a bad breed. Pit bulls get a bad response from many people, but more often than not, they are the victims of irresponsible and abusive ownership.
Bull breeds score better on temperament tests than the general dog population.
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