Outrage at ‘tradition’: Dogs pitted to fight wild boars to the death in Indonesia

In  a remote area of Java in Indonesia, crowds still gather around a makeshift arena lined with a bamboo wall to watch dogs fight wild boar to the death. Participants in  the village claim the blood-curdling “sport” known as “adu bagong” or boar fighting, is important to preserving  their tradition for hunting.

According to Reuters, the bloody battles using dogs began in the 1960s when wild boars invaded the area and were hunted by dogs to help farmers protect their crops. Since then the fighting has become more of a disgusting sport with the winner earning a grand prize of  $2,000.

“It used to be very simple, not like now when the dogs are trained,” said Nur Hadi, head of Hiparu, a participant in the fighting. “From there it’s been handed down and has even become part of tradition and culture.”

Participants say the contests test the hunting abilities of their dogs; to animal rights groups the practice is nothing less than dog fighting. With this activity however, if the boar survives the fight which doesn’t end until one of the animals is injured, once healed the boar gets to fight in the arena again, For the losers, they are butchered and sold for meat.

Animal rights groups insist the practice is nothing more than animal cruelty and should be banned. In a statement to the Independent, Wendy Higgins, spokesperson for Humane Society International stated:

“The vicious and exploitative fighting of dogs and wild boars in Indonesia is a disturbing spectacle that must be condemned. Watching animals savagely fight each other must never be considered entertainment, nor excused as culture. Not only is it extreme animal cruelty, but it debases us as humans to promote such barbarity as fun. Any tradition that requires a sentient being to become a victim of violence should be consigned to the history books.”

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Seriously disfigured dog likely bait dog victim suffers broken jaw

Early Saturday morning, the New York Police Department from the 113th Precinct in Jamaica Queens, reached out to the rescue organization New York Bully Crew for help. A disfigured dog was discovered in serious condition; compassionate police officers wanted the severely injured pup to have a chance. He had been found in a field in Jamaica where he was left to die a slow, painful death. It is suspected the dog, now dubbed Springfield by his rescuers, had been the victim of a dog fight. The details are currently being investigated, but the graphic photos of his injuries speak for themselves.

A police escort helped to transport Springfield to an emergency veterinarian for life-saving treatment. The kindness and humanity of the officers have not gone unnoticed. On the rescue’s Facebook page, volunteers thanked the police for going above and beyond to help a victim who cannot speak for himself:

“We thank them for their dedication and kindness and their daily effort to help ALL! Stay tuned for more updates as we receive them… This is one of THE WORST cases we have been involved with…”

On Saturday afternoon, Springfield was rushed into surgery. Dr. Tomas Infernuso performed the operation for the dog’s broken jaw that had been pushing up into his nasal cavity. Both his nose and jaw had to be reconstructed; his body still riddled with bite wounds.  His condition remains critical, and he is currently being transferred to an emergency veterinarian hospital for round the clock care. 

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(Photos and video of seriously disfigured dog Springfield from Facebook)

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Police search for 3 teens who tossed a tiny dog to a chained large dog

Police are currently searching for three teenagers in the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania area who are alleged to have tossed a tiny dog to a pit bull that had been chained to a tree along Pocahontas Road in Stroud Township on Friday afternoon.

According to the A.W.S.O.M. animal shelter,  Stroud Area Regional Police, stated a witness saw the boys throw the small tan terrier to the black and brown brindle pit bull. The larger dog attacked the tiny dog and as the witness approached, the teens fled the scene. The Good Samaritan rushed the dog to the shelter. Sadly the Cairn terrier died. At this time, it is not known where he came from or who is owner might be.

“This was an extremely violent attack. It looked like his mid-side was completely ripped open. His intestines and pancreas was hanging out. It kind of looked like a shark attack. He had huge bite marks from the canines of the pit bull’s teeth deep into him. He was ripped up really bad,” said Rich Homar, A.W.S.O.M. director.

Awsom called the State Police and Stroud Regional Police and were met at the scene. The dog that had been tied to the tree was no longer there.

The three boys have been described as  older teens and African American. They were last seen running down Pocahantas Drive and possibly into Blue Mountain Lake Estates. One of the boys wore red basketball shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Awsom at 570-421-3647, or sent an e-mail at info@awsomanimals.org.  Help this innocent dog find some justice and possibly save another dog being taught to fight and kill. Bring these people to justice.

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Reward of $6,200 for information on emaciated dogs found in Darby

In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, a $6,2oo reward has been offered by the Humane Society of the United States ($5,000) and Justice Rescue for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible party. Just days ago, a passerby discovered two severely injured and emaciated dogs in Penn Pines Park located at Hilldale and Providence Roads.

The abandoned dogs, which police believed were the victims of dog fighting, were covered in scars as well as fresh bite marks. According to Justice Rescue founder Russ Harper, he considered this one of the cruelest cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen. When discovered, one of the dogs could not stand – and only move her head; the other dog had fresh bite wounds on her neck.

“They were almost dead,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood stated. “And whoever dumped them threw them out, then threw dog food next to them. It was like adding insult to injury.”

Chitwood referred to the unknown abusers as “dirtballs.” The dogs dubbed Gracie and Layla have a heartwarming and tender bond. As Harper stayed with the dogs, and Gracie’s temperature finally rose, she cried out in pain.

“It was the most horrible sound you could ever hear,” Harper said. “And then the other dog came over and just put her head on her.”

As to the progress of the dogs’ health, the organization posted the following update on their Facebook page:

“Both are still critical but Layla is barking more and moving around. All she wants is love. Such a sweet girl. She has a long road to go. It’s sad how she expects to be abused until you show her love. Gracie is still very very critical. You can see the stress and pain in her eyes. Very sad.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the Upper Darby police at 610.734.7693.

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70 starving dogs found: Georgia cops say worst case ever seen

The Polk County Police Department are investigating “ the worst cruelty to animal cases” they have ever seen. According to the department’s Facebook page, police officers and animal control personnel are helping 60 to 70  starving dogs found living behind a home on Cash Town Road in Aragon – 50 miles from Atlanta.

Police Chief Kenny Dodd stated the dogs, which appeared to be bulldogs or mixed breeds, were malnourished and some had been injured. As he walked through the expansive property, he continued to find chained dogs. Most of the dogs had no shelter, food or  water. The fire department pulled onto the property to make sure all the dogs were provided with water until they could be removed from the property.

“These dogs are not vicious,” Chief Dodd stated. “I have petted everyone of them myself. This breaks your heart.”

On Tuesday, the dogs were being removed from the property. Officers and animal control stayed at the property all night to guard the animals and keep them safe. There have not been any details provided about the owner of the dogs, however sources report an arrest has been made.

 “I wanted the public to see how these dogs were being treated,” said the chief. He hopes homes can be found for all the dogs.

These dogs are in serious need of angels. The following was posted earlier:

Polk County, GA Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter.UPDATE as of 10:30pm we just received word that we will be taking on 65 dogs! Our shelter will not hold even half of that! I need RESCUES ONLY at 569 Cash town rd Aragon Ga at 12p. Please do not come early as the police will still be working. We will need you to bring a GA RESCUE LICENSE and A letter from the license holder saying an amount of dogs that you can take under their license! Please message me with questions or amounts you can take we need them out immediately!”

Anyone who would like to donate food for the dogs, please contact Polk County Animal Control at 770-749-8908. Thank you to everyone who brought food to the scene last night. You kindness is very much appreciated. Please share this story and help all of these victims find safe homes.

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Fox Sports hires convicted animal abuser Michael Vick as studio analyst

Former quarterback and convicted animal abuser Michael Vick has a new job with Fox Sports. Go figure! On Sunday, Vick will serve as a studio analyst for Fox NFL Kickoff – the show that leads into Fox NFL Sunday. According to USA Today, Vick will be making regular appearances on the show as part of his new job.

“I’m very excited,” Vick stated. ‘over the last seven or eight months, I’ve done a lot of interviews, and I think I’ve gotten better as I’ve been put in those situations more often… You have to be careful because anything you say can go viral.”

Vick retired as a member of the Atlantic Falcons. His tenure with the team was interrupted after his 2007 conviction for his role in dog fighting that sent him to prison. To the public, Vick remains a controversial figure after serving 19 months in prison. Fox executives barely mentioned that part of Vick’s life, although in April, Fox commentator  Tucker Carlson appeared on Sean Hannity’s show.

“Anybody who looks into how he mistreated these dogs and personally tortured them to death gets upset and I overspoke. I’m not comfortable with the death penalty under any circumstances. Of course I don’t think he should be executed.” Carlson, however did go on to say, “But I do think what he did is truly appalling.” He also added that he “has a lot doubts” on Vick’s true intentions.”

And what about the dogs? Many of them never received any justice; fortunately some were saved and went on to lead wonderful lives. Just in case Fox Sports forgot since  Vick’s egregious dog fighting history and conviction only rated one sentence in their press release about Vick’s new job, here’s a bit of the heartbreaking, inhumane and cruel treatment some of these dogs suffered by Vick’s own admission.

For anyone who has ever forgotten what happened, in 2007 Vick and three other men were indicted on charges related to an illegal dog-fighting ring known as “Bad Newz Kennels.” Although some fans will tell animal advocates to forgive and forget, and that Vick showed remorse for those convictions, it was the degree of inhumanity, cruelty and downright sadistic treatment of the dogs who did not win as fighting dogs and the degree and torture the innocent animals endured by Vick’s own hands that rocks so many people to the core of human decency.

Donna Reynolds is the co-founder of Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), known for rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls. In case anyone forgot or didn’t know the details and why so many compassionate people find Vick’s latest career move so offensive, note Reynold’s  blog entries:

“The details that got to me … involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.

Reynold continued the heartbreaking blog post:

“…my mind’s image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror…brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull this little dog to safety. I think I will be looking for ways to pull that dog to safety for the rest of my life.”

Concluding his interview on Friday, for Fox Sports with USA Today, Vick added:

“I have never criticized guys, but I will be critical. Great players understand that. I’ve seen the reactions from my teammates watching shows in t he team lounge when they disagree with something. I’m a credible guy and I think people will respect that.”

What are your thoughts? Please feel free to weigh in, but asking everyone to remain respectful.

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Rescued: South Memphis ‘bait’ dog whose spirit was broken

Less than one week ago, Liam was found hiding behind a warehouse in South Memphis. His battle scars tell his story. Based on the type of injuries and his physical condition, rescuers suspect he was a “bait” dog – a defenseless animal used to train fighting dogs. Liam’s left eye was swollen, his tail broken, gashes on his face and bite marks all over his body had taken their toll. Liam was defeated; his spirit was broken.

That night Liam was rushed to Grace Animal Hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds, infections and dehydration. In 28 years, the veterinarian at the hospital had never seen so many wounds on a surviving dog. Along with his injuries, he is heartworm positive and his white blood cell count was elevated – indicating a high infection.  The Streetdog Foundation has promised to make this boy’s life one of safety and love.

Slowly Liam has been making progress. An update on the organization’s Facebook page brings optimism:

“We are seeing a slight bit of progress for Liam. His very swollen left eye seems to have opened up a bit, and he’s walking around in the yard at the vet clinic and kind of fast, too. We’re happy to celebrate small victories! He’s also got quite the appetite which we are so thankful for because his body desperately needs the nourishment. Liam will remain on his IV for several more days. He still is on pain medication and antibiotics. Our goal is to keep him comfortable so he can gain strength and continue to heal.

Today, Liam got a bath to soothe his painful skin. He definitely wasn’t a fan so we made sure to treat him to burgies.”

Comfortably settled in, volunteers continue to slowly and carefully gain the dog’s trust. No one can even imagine what he must have experienced in his short life. When he is brought out into the yard, he’s very eager to return to the safety of his bed. It can only be assumed Liam’s life was so horrendous while he lived outdoors, he already knows comfort, love and treats happen indoors – a phenomena for him he has never known in the past. And yes, his past has warranted him to be very hesitant of humans, but he is learning to trust. 

What a sad testament to a dog’s life Liam came from, but what a grand gesture of compassionate hearts he can now expect and receive every new day of his life.

(Photos and video of Liam the South Memphis “bait” dog courtesy of Streetdog Foundation)

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Pet pig suffers severe injuries after being used as ‘dog bait’ for training

A Houston based animal rescue group found Jude, a pet pig, on the side of a busy road with severe injuries after he had been used as “dog bait” for training dogs to fight in the ring. According to Houston Mini Pig Rescue & Network, the pig was immediately transferred to the Texas A&M Large Animal Hospital in College Station, where veterinarians first suggestion was to humanely euthanize Jude because of the extent of his injuries.

Rescuers didn’t agree, and made the decision to help Jude fight for his life. After one night at the hospital, he was released, however his injuries would require constant care:

“He had one eye completely gone that was filled with puss and maggots, the ear that remained was so inflamed with infection that we didn’t think it could be saved,” stated Meagan Se, a spokesperson for the group according to the Chron Houston. “Both of his hind legs had bloody impressions from a rope being tied to them tightly as well as a bloody rope burn around his neck.”

And then there were more egregious injuries that Jude had suffered including his tusks chopped off to avoid hurting the dogs as well as his front teeth broken and jagged for the same reason.

“This is the result of a defenseless pig being tied up and having dogs turned on to him as practice for dog fighting. Not one animal, pig or dog, deserves this abuse for the ‘entertainment’ of sick humans,” rescuers posted on their Facebook page.

The group could barely imagine the pain and suffering Jude had suffered, but when they needed to rub the antimicrobial medication to his tortured body, Jude allowed his rescuers to touch him and seemed to enjoy the first moments of tenderness he had felt in such a long time. Jude’s recovery has been remarkable both physically and emotionally.

According to the Humane Society, hog-dog fighting is a sport still quite prevalent in the South. The “sport” is disturbing as the dog owner leads his trained fighting pit bull into an enclosed area seemingly angry and ready to fight. At the other end of the arena a pig is forced into the pen while the ‘handler’ pokes and pushes the animal into the pen to face the already snarling dog. There are no defenses for the pig as someone has already chopped off his tusks and teeth. In a moment, the dog attacks and the pig squeals in fright and intense pain. The crowd cheers as the dog wrestles the pig to the ground  – the dog is declared the winner. And then the pig is removed and waits for the next fight.

Fortunately Jude will never experience any kind of abuse, torture or pain again, and the group is hoping to use this experience and heart wrenching example of animal cruelty to convince lawmakers that more legal protections are needed for pigs in the state.

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53 dogs seized in dog fighting ring bust in Lansing, Michigan

On July 27th, 2017, a dog fighting ring was busted in Lansing, Michigan. Fifty-three dogs were seized from multiple locations as well as dog fighting paraphernalia. The investigation began in April 2017 and culminated at the end of July 2017 with the arrest of a father and daughter. Both are facing criminal charges in Ingham County. Corey Devon Henry 47, and Synquiss Tairee-Devon Antes 26, were arraigned on multiple felony counts of animal fighting.

According to the Lansing State Journal, Henry faces 10 felony counts, including animal fighting, possession of fighting animals or equipment and animal cruelty, and five misdemeanor licensing counts. Antes faces nine counts of animal fighting, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of failing to license a dog.

Animal fighting is punishable by up to four years in prison upon conviction.

A hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for Henry and Antes to stand trial on the charges is set for August 18th, 2017 in Lansing’s 54A District Court. Until then, the dogs are being housed at two different county shelters. Forty-three dogs are at the Ingham County Animal Control and the other teh are housed at the Eaton County Shelter. The dogs are being held at undisclosed auxiliary shelters to protect them from falling into the wrong hands again. Currently, the county is seeking donations of money and food to help care for the animals.

Unfortunately, because the dogs came from a fighting ring, a petition has been filed in the Ingham County Court to have the dogs euthanized. If a judge finds that a dog “lacks any useful purpose and poses a threat to public safety,” it will be euthanized. The hearing for the fate of the dogs will be held on August 25th, 2017, also in Lansing’s 54A District Court.

Since the fate of the dogs was announced, efforts have been made nationwide to save them. According to several pit bull advocates, the dogs are victims in this case, and victims should not be punished. Many advocates are pushing for the judges to allow the dogs to be evaluated by experts. Only a thorough evaluation process will determine how many of them can be rehabilitated and become household pets.

The Anti Dog-Fighting Campaign has set up an advocacy team to collect letters on the dogs’ behalf.  They are asking that all letters be sent via email to savethemipits@gmail.com and they will forward them to the correct judge. There is also a dedicated Facebook page  which also includes a wish list for the shelter.

A petition has been set up to save the 53 dogs from euthanasia.

Donations for the Ingham shelter can be dropped off at 600 Curtis St. in Mason, Michigan. For information call (517) 676-8370. The Eaton shelter, at 756 Courthouse Drive, can be reached at (517) 543-5755. Anyone who believes they lost a pit bull that may be among the group seized during the investigation can email a photo of the dog to reportanimalcruelty@ingham.org.

Despite a lack of signs that any of the dogs were ever household pets, shelter staff will pursue any potential leads with the photos they receive.

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College dean weighs in against Michael Vick’s induction into Hall of Fame

In less than two weeks since Virginia Tech announced its intention to include retired NFL quarterback Michael Vick as one of five recipients of the schools Sports Hall of Fame, two online petitions have garnered nearly 100,000 signatures opposing the move.  According to Wdbj7News, three days after Vick was named, alumna Jennifer Breeden created one of the two online petitions to revoke the honor. On the petition Jennifer wrote:

“By inducting Michael Vick, a non graduate, into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, the University has decided to honor a man for his athletic ability rather than honor a person for being a decent and honorable human being.”

The second petition started by Rachel Beasley stated:

“The criteria states, ‘Must be of good character and reputation/ not have been a source of embarrassment to the university in any way.’ Michael Vick was an outstanding football player, but his character is far from outstanding.”

In addition, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, which names Virginia Tech as one of its parent universities, released a statement from Dean Cyril R. Clarke in opposition to honoring Vick. Over the weekend, Dean Clark issued a statement on the college’s Facebook page condemning the decision.

“The college unequivocally opposes honoring an individual whose past actions contradict our values and the cornerstone of our mission,” the statement said. “Over the course of several days, I have communicated with President [Timothy] Sands and other campus administrators to express our disappointment and opposition to this decision. I continue to be in conversations with the president regarding this issue.”

For anyone who has ever forgotten what happened, in 2007 Vick and three other men were indicted on charges related to an illegal dog-fighting ring known as “Bad Newz Kennels.” Although some fans will tell animal advocates to forgive and forget, and that Vick showed remorse for those convictions, it was the degree of inhumanity, cruelty and downright sadistic treatment of the dogs who did not win as fighting dogs and the degree and torture the innocent animals endured by Vick’s own hands that rocks so many people to the core of human decency.

Donna Reynolds is the co-founder of Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP), known for rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls. In case anyone forgot or didn’t know the details and why so many compassionate people find Vick’s nomination so offensive, note Reynold’s  blog entries:

“The details that got to me … involve the swimming pool that was used to kill some of the dogs. Jumper cables were clipped onto the ears of underperforming dogs, then just like with a car, the cables were connected to the terminals of car batteries before lifting and tossing the shamed dogs into the water. We don’t know how many suffered this premeditated murder, but the damage to the pool walls tells a story. It seems that while they were scrambling to escape, they scratched and clawed at the pool liner and bit at the dented aluminum sides like a hungry dog on a tin can.

Reynold continued the heartbreaking blog post:

“…my mind’s image of a little black dog splashing frantically in bloody water … screaming in pain and terror…brown eyes saucer wide and tiny black white-toed feet clawing at anything, desperate to get a hold. This death did not come quickly. The rescuer in me keeps trying to think of a way to go back in time and somehow stop this torture and pull this little dog to safety. I think I will be looking for ways to pull that dog to safety for the rest of my life.”

Virginia Tech plans to induct Vick and the four other athletes into the Hall of Fame on September 22 in a ceremony to held during halftime of the Hokies’ home game against Old Dominion the next day. The university continues to defend Vick’s induction.

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