Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states. Unfortunately that doesn't stop the low lifes in our society from continuing this brutally inhumane practice. Outside of the ring, the quality of life for these poor animals is about as bad as it gets. Inside the ring it's even worse.
Dog fights can last up to 2 hours ending only when one dog can't continue or is dead. The injuries sustained by both participants are severe and often fatal, even for the "winner." But there are really no winners here.
Even dogs that win in the ring eventually don't win any more and are discarded or used as bait dogs. A bait dog is used to train fighting dogs and are torn apart and more often than not they die from their horrendous injuries. And in most cases a wonderful breed, the American Pit Bull, is the victim of this so called "sport."
Recently there was some good news in the fight against dog fighting;
By Matthew Bershadker
ASPCA President & CEO
Some good news on a topic laden with horror: Last Friday, the ASPCA helped end the torture of hundreds of abused dogs in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Texas and brought to justice those who—for profit and perverse pleasure—betrayed and defiled the trust that connects humans and animals.
In an operation that involved 16 animal welfare organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, as well as at least 10 federal and state law enforcement agencies, 367 dogs across multiple locations in the Southeast were seized in the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history.
I spent several years overseeing the ASPCA’s anti-cruelty group, where I witnessed or heard first-hand accounts of unspeakable acts of cruelty, but rarely have I encountered suffering of this size and scope. Dogs ranging in age from several days to 12 years were found emaciated and bearing typical scars of dog fighting, and left to suffer in extreme heat with no visible fresh water or food. Some were tethered by chains and cables to cinder blocks and car tires. Remains of dead animals were also discovered where the dogs were housed and allegedly fought.
These are the tell-tale signs of the horrors of dog fighting, the ultimate betrayal of the unique relationship that exists between humans and animals. Manipulating a dog’s intense desire to please its owner, perpetuating a life of chronic and acute physical and psychological pain, is the most horrific form of animal abuse.