Did you know that some people consider dogfighting—forcing two dogs to rip each other to shreds—a sport?! Disgusting, right? Dogs are highly social pack animals who need and deserve love, attention, and exercise. Dogs who are used for fighting are chained up and abused to make them aggressive.
Five Facts About Dogfighting
- Dogfighting is illegal in the United States, and participating in it is a felony offense in every state.1
- Dogfighters “train” dogs by forcing them to tread water in pools; run on a treadmill while a caged cat or another terrified animal (who may be someone’s stolen companion animal) is placed in front of them; and hang on with their jaws while dangling from a chain baited with meat.2,3
- The dogs are sometimes injected with steroids, and some dogfighters go so far as to sharpen their dogs’ teeth, cut off their ears, and add roach poison to their food so that their fur might taste bad to other dogs.4,5
- Dogfights can go on for hours—until one dog is seriously injured or dies! So-called “break sticks” are used to separate fighting dogs.6
- Dogs are ranked by their “gameness”—the ability to keep fighting even when pain and loss of blood have caused them to go into shock.7
That’s all you need to do to help these animals. If you suspect that dogfights are taking place in your neighborhood, contact local law enforcement authorities immediately.
1FoxNews.com, “Wyoming Becomes 50th State to Criminalize Dogfighting,” 5 Mar. 2008.
2Bill Burke, “Bloodsport: Dogfighting Once Had a Following Limited to the Rural South, but in the Age of the Internet, This Violent, Illegal Activity Has Seen a Cultural Shift,” The Virginian-Pilot 17 June 2007.
3Julian Walker and Tom Campbell, “The Growth of Dogfighting,” The Richmond Times-Dispatch 3 July 2007.
5Childs Walker, “Dogfight ‘Culture’ Reaches to Baltimore; Officials Link Bloody Pastime With Drugs, Gun Dealing, Gangs,” The Baltimore Sun 1 June 2007.
6Drew Jubera, “Dogfighting: A Shadow World of Bloodlust,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 20 July 2007.
7Associated Press, “Vick Case Illustrates Pit Bull’s Changing Status,” 24 July 2007.