A dogfight is a cruel activity in which two dogs are forced to fight for the sake of human entertainment and profit. The dogs, usually pit bulls, Rottweilers, or Dobermans, are raised under horrific conditions and abusively trained to be aggressive. Humane officers and other law enforcement agents routinely break up illegal dogfighting rings and confiscate dogfighting paraphernalia, including treadmills used to build the dog’s endurance and drugs used to numb pain from injuries or to “jazz up” the dogs. They often find mesh bags, which are used to suspend kittens, rabbits, puppies, and other small prey above the dogs to encourage a “fighting spirit.”

Animal advocates consider dog fighting to be one of the most serious forms of animal abuse, not only for the violence that the dogs endure during and after the fights, but because of the suffering they often endure in training. At least one major study alleges that the prevailing mind set among dog fighters is that, the more the dog suffers, the tougher he will become, and the better fighter he will therefore be. The vast majority of dog handlers have experienced just how much their dog(s) enjoy the conditioning they are given.

A losing dog or one whose potential is considered unacceptable faces “being put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gun shot, electrocution or some other method”.

Social impact, gang and criminal activities

In places where dog fighting is outlawed, its clandestine culture is believed to be directly related to other crimes and to community violence. Peripheral criminal activities that sometimes occurs at a dog fight include gambling, racketeering, drug distribution, and gang violence. As with other criminal enterprises, communities often suffer from the unlawful activities occurring in their neighborhoods. Animal advocates also cite desensitization to violence and animal cruelty as an unwelcome corollary of dog fighting, particularly among child spectators.

Dog fights are a very dangerous thing to try and break up alone. You should never rush in and try and grab the dogs to pull them apart. They are in high “fight drive” and are not thinking clearly when fighting. If someone grabs them they will bite without even thinking about who or what they are biting. This is how your loving pet can dog bite the living crap out of you in about a second and a half.

Principal dog fighting

  • Akita Inu
  • Alangu Mastiff
  • Alano EspaƱol
  • American bulldog
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentine Dogo
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Blue Paul Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bull and Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bully Kutta
  • Cordoba Fighting Dog
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Dogo Cubano
  • Dogo Sardesco
  • English Mastiff
  • English White Terrier
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Gull Dong
  • Gull Terr
  • Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lottatore Brindisino
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Manchester Terrier
  • Old English Bulldog
  • Perro de Presa Canario (Canary Dog)
  • Perro de Presa Mallorquin (Ca de Bou)
  • Pit bull
  • Shar Pei
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Tibetan Mastiff
  • Tosa

Bait animals

Are used to test a dog’s fighting instinct, and these animals are often mauled or killed in the process. Trainers obtain bait animals from several sources: wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or in some cases, stolen pets. Sometimes the animals are also obtained through “free to a good home” ads. The snouts of bait dogs are wrapped with duct tape to prevent them from injuring pit bulls being trained for fighting. Other animals, such as cats and rabbits are also reported to be used as bait animals. Experts have said small dogs, kittens, and rabbits are more at risk of being stolen for bait than larger animals.

They live lives of brutality and unspeakable cruelty at the hands of those who gamble on their deaths, while betrayal and death await them at “humane” societies if they are “rescued”.

These animals are victims of cruelty.

Sources: Leerburg, CCC Govts

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