Dog fighting operations are horrendous, sadistic form of "business" in which two dogs are aggressively trained and placed in a small arena where they must fight to near-death in order to give their viewers pleasure and entertainment...
Puppies, most often "bully breeds", are picked up from free online listings, yards, etc. by dog fighters who deceive owners looking to re-home their pets. Instead, they train these innocent beings to fight to the death. Dogs are given drugs, little recovery time, and are trained to attack on command as they are harshly prepared for a series of dog fighting "shows". Victims of this disgusting cruelty are often tied by heavy chains in deteriorating health as they are severely traumatized, both physically and emotionally, if not dead. They are tortured beyond the point of breaking.
What is the purpose? Entertainment + Money.
Spectators of these fights often come in to gamble and watch for pleasure - how someone could stand this sight is beyond me! Often, dog fighters will add bait, such as a small animal or puppy, to further provoke aggression between the dogs and keep fights going on for hours on end. This continues until one of the dogs either dies or is injured to a point where they can no longer continue. Some are electrocuted, hung, shot, beaten, abused, and drowned, while others are left to die on their after being removed from the ring due to injuries.
Dogs who win fights repeatedly and have a good "reputation" in the ring are constantly bred and these puppies are used for future fights, or sold off for money with the label that they come from “pure bloodlines”. These dogs never rest - abuse and bloodshed is their life.
Despite the fact that this "sport" of dog fighting is a form of animal cruelty and FEDERAL CRIME in the United States, it STILL happens! As Rescuers, we have to confront situations like this regularly, and it happens far more than you may think. While some dogs rescued from these situations are able to recover with time and can be placed in an adoptive home, others need further training, patience, and TLC.
If you notice ANY signs of dog fighting in your neighborhood, please REPORT IT immediately! Call the HSUS Dog Fighting Hotline at 1-877-847-4787. Calls are answered 24/7. All information will be kept confidential and your identity is kept protected. If you witness an ongoing dogfight, call 911 first. Then call the hotline.
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