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Dog Eat Dog
By: Donna Worthy

 Imagine going to a boxing match and watching a fight where two individuals go at each other with no rules, no referee and hearing the crowd chanting “Kill him, Kill him”. One man can barely see or stand and the other is doing all he can to take yet another “piece” of him. The man who is down, looks to his coach for help only to have the coach kick him and tell him to get back out there and fight. On top of all of this you find out that the man has not been fed in days and although he is angry, he is week. Cowering in a corner the man begs for it to stop but until he is all but dead, it won’t and can’t be stopped. Anyone who attempts to stop it is in danger themselves and will be chastised for stopping the “fun”.


This would never happen in real life, at least not with humans. It does happen on a daily basis with dogs. Dogs fighting is considered a sport to some and is a cruel and sadistic contest where two, specifically bred “fighting” dogs are placed in a closed in area such as a pit or dog ring and forced to fight one another while spectators watch, place bets and enjoy seeing them tear each other apart. All the while, calling it a “sport”. When one dog is down, either dead or no longer able to stand, the fight is stopped either by allowing the dog to die or prying the other dog off with a stick or another deadly weapon.

Until recently when a famous football player was indicted for conducting dog fights for profit and to provide entertainment for his friends, it was said that dog fighting was popular in urban areas and conducted for very small amounts of money. It is now knows that it is more popular in the higher class parts of the world and millions of dollars are made from it each year.

Dog fighting is illegal in most states with the exception of Georgia where it is 100% acceptable and there are absolutely NO LAWS against it. In Idaho it is considered only to be a misdemeanor and the penalty is usually about 100.00. In addition to these startling facts, there is no charge for anyone who is found attending a dog fight as long as they do not have a dog there to fight.


Usually the dogs used in these fights are Pit Bulls or Rottwielers but there are other dogs used on occasion. Regardless of the breed, no dog deserves to be treated with such cruelty. They often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion or even infection that can show up hours or days after the fight.

In addition to the dogs that are being hurt, there are other dogs such as cats, rabbits and small dogs that are used as training devices to train. These poor little animals are found though “free to good home “ ads or stolen out of back yards.

If you think dog fighting is going on somewhere in your neighborhood please take a minute to call the human society or the police. If there is nothing going on then there will be no repercussions to the dog owner and all calls can be made anonymously.

 

 

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Dog Eat Dog
By: Donna Worthy
   
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