Four dogs rescued from Philadelphia dog-fighting ring in progress

On Saturday night, animal cruelty officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA broke up a dog-fighting ring in progress on the 1200 block of South 35th Street. Four dogs have been rescued – two “pitbull type dogs on Saturday night and two more dogs on Sunday morning left alone in vehicles.

According to the organization, 14 people have been arrested and officials also confiscated drugs, two guns, cash and a wooden open, bloodied ring used as the venue for the dog fights. The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team’s investigation led police to the location where they surveilled the property and observed a dog fight in progress. Both the PSPCA officers and Philadelphia police entered the property – rescuing the dogs and arresting the suspects.

The dogs that had been engaged in battle were transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they underwent care and treatment for their deep wounds. Both dogs have been reported to be in stable condition and will remain in the custody of the PSPCA until their owners surrender them or a judge makes the decision where the dogs will go after the court case.

The other two dogs found on Sunday morning are also being treated.

“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

Dog fighting crimes hold a felony charge. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Pennsylvania’s SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.

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(Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania SPCA)

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Three dogs found mutilated: Victims of dog fighting

In the village of Cranfield, located in  Bedfordshire, England, the mutilated bodies of three dogs were discovered stuffed into garbage bags or just lying along a rural roadside. The disturbing discovery was made on Tuesday night by a concerned citizen. 

According to the Mirror, the three  dogs were identified through their foreign microchips, indicating the dogs had been imported into Britain, according to the League Against Cruel Sports, which has offered a £5,000 ($6,926) reward for information.

“We suspect these poor animals suffered serious physical and mental suffering while being torn apart in illegal dog fights,” stated Chris Luffingham, director of the League Against Cruel Sports. “Dogs involved in dog fighting suffer terrible injuries, both in the fights themselves and at the hands of  their vicious owners. Most will die in t he ring or soon after from their injuries.”

Two of the dogs were mastiffs and the third was a bully breed. Authorities stated two of the dogs had their ears cropped, and one of the dogs had his teeth filed down suggesting he had been used as a bait dog and left unable to defend himself. Dog fighting has been banned in the United Kingdom since 1835. Tragically, not unlike the United States where it is also illegal, the heinous “sport” and horrific form of dog abuse remains a growing problem.

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(Photos of mutilated bodies of dog fight victims via screenshots League Against Cruel Sports)


Rest in peace innocent dogs. We are sorry humans let you down.

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Frozen dog left lying under rug on lawn of Amarillo Humane organization

A dead, frozen dog was left lying under a rug on the front lawn of the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society on Wednesday morning. The dog’s body had been covered in blood in what was described by rescuers as injuries consistent with having been in a dog fight.

According to the Facebook page of the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare, it is not known if the dog was dead or alive when he was abandoned just like trash:

The Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society Rescue Coordination Team arrived early today for an APHS milestone: the first ever feline only rescue transport. However, they were greeted by a dumped animal, but the animal was already dead. It is clear to us that this animal suffered trauma wounds which may have led to the death of this animal. There is no evidence of care rendered but instead, was discarded on our sidewalk like a piece of trash. An Amarillo citizen has failed this animal.

AAM&W Director Richard Havens stated the way the dog had been left was disrespectful to the humane society, the management organization and the dog. In the NewsChannel 10 report, Havens stated everyone there fights for animal welfare and to find a dog thrown away  like trash when it is possible his life could have been saved is tragic.

Shelter personnel believe this particular dog had been purposely left on the front lawn as a response to recent efforts to curb dog breeding in the city.

“They drove by innumerable locations where they could have dumped it. But instead, they decided to come directly in front of the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society and dump it,” stated executive director Larry Milam. “I think their message was you can do all you want to try and limit the problem with animals, but you’re not going to stop us. We are going to do whatever we want, however we want to do it, whenever we want to do it and we don’t care how hard you try.”

The shelter is now reviewing surveillance video  to find the person responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the shelter at 806.378.9032.

(Photos of frozen dog found in Amarillo shelter via AAM&W )

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Police searching for person who cut puppy’s tongue out

Authorities in York, South Carolina are asking for the public’s help finding the person(s) who severely abused a young puppy and cut his tongue out earlier in November.

According to WbtvNews, an 18-month-old puppy was found in the area of Madison Street and Lowry Row on November 19 after a woman and her boyfriend witnessed what appeared to be a group of people fighting. When spotted, the group ran away. Police were dispatched to the area and discovered a cold and shivering puppy tied up to a tree.

Noah’s Arks Rescue immediately came to the dog’s aid:

“There are no words to describe the horror this sweet 18-month-old Lab/Pitbull Mix has endured. Animal Control in York County was called on Sunday about a dog that was tied to a four-foot pole off of O’Lowry Road in York, SC. The temperature dropped down to 30 degrees during the night, and this sweet pup was not picked up until Monday afternoon around 4:00 PM. He had no food or shelter,” the organization posted on their Facebook.

Briggs was then transported to a veterinarian hospital where he could not eat or drink; his tongue had been cut out. Apparently used for dog fighting, the dog suffered bite wounds over his face, feet and legs. A microchip revealed a past owner, but when contacted, the woman stated she had given the dog away to a man.

Dogs can lead good lives even after their tongues have been removed as a result of trauma. As his mouth heals, he is being taught how to eat raw meatballs that are very slippery. During this learning period, he is being fed bone broth with gelatin added; this is cut into cubes, and that is how he is learning to eat without a tongue.

York County continues their investigation. Anyone with information about dog fighting or knows anything about the past history of this dog, whose name was Kemba at the time, is asked to contact the York County Sheriff’s Department at 803.628.3059.

Doesn’t Briggs deserve justice? Someone must know something.

(Photos of Briggs via Facebook)

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Investigation by Animal Services of video showing dog on treadmill chasing a pig

Miami-Dade Animal Services continue to investigate a video taken by a neighbor who is worried a dog could be in danger. According to News7, the exclusive video was turned over to Animal Services, and a neighbor, Odalys Fernandez, who lives behind the home, knows exactly what she witnessed. First she spotted a dog running on an apparently home made treadmill; the dog had his head down and appeared very tired.

“And then I saw a pig. There was a pig in there as well,” Odalys stated.

The pig had been in a separate cage in the backyard, and there was no way the dog would have been able to get to the animal, however it seemed as if the dog had been chasing the pig in the Southwest Miami-Dade backyard for a long period of time. In addition to the dog and the pig, there were four people in the backyard – including one young child. Several cages of dogs were also set along the perimeter of the yard.

Odalys is convinced the dogs were being trained to fight; why else would any dog be trained on a treadmill with another animal in front of it being chased.

“I like dogs and I like people and what they did to those dogs. I don’t like it. And when I saw that one dog with all the mosquitoes on top of the bite that he had…”

And then over a month ago, one morning the fence to the backyard was down and all of the dogs, their cages, the equipment and the pig were gone. Although Miami-Dade Animal Services has the video and the facts about the possible dog fighting training operation, nothing has been done – or at least the investigators aren’t commenting.

What a tragedy this could be for nine dogs and a pig.

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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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Infected, battered and in need of help – dog appears to have been a bait dog

A battered dog, believed to have been used as a so-called “bait dog” for illegal dog fighting, is urgently in need of help at an animal shelter in California. The dog, not even two years of age, has been held at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter since August 11.

The following information was provided about the dog, ID#A476793, from a rescue coordinator:

 It looks as if he was used as a bait dog. He is missing a portion of his front lip and may end up having to lose more of it. When he came in, his face was so swollen, and infected that and he could barely eat. He is doing much better now and wags his tail when someone enters the room. He hasn’t shown any aggression towards any of the shelter staff regardless of how much pain he was in and what they were doing to him to treat him. They said that you could tell that he wants to be with people despite what “people” have done to him. He’s scared but wants to love someone and more than anything, he wants someone to love him

He is scared, but wants to be loved – he is hurt and he needs help. The shelter has labeled this battered dog “rescue only.” You can help find a reputable rescue group to take this dog in by sharing his information.

The past cannot be erased, but the future can definitely be improved – please take a moment to help.

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For more information about this animal, call:
Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at (951) 413-3790
Ask for information about animal ID number A476793

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Dog’s face and the desperate look in his eyes plead for help

Chester is the tragic face of dog fighting. The desperate look in his eyes pleaded for help; surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to hell never cared. Surely the monsters who subjected this innocent victim to this hell never loved a dog. Odds are he was used as a bait dog.

And on Thursday afternoon, a rescue volunteer walked into a rural Texas shelter and knew Chester deserved more than an untimely death. From the moment the rescuer entered the dog’s kennel, he slowly approached her as he left a trail of blood behind him. For once in a long, long time, Chester felt a soft human touch, and then he slowly retreated back into the corner of his cage and began to lick and tend to his wounds. When contacted, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up; co-founder Stacey Silverstein explained the situation on the organization’s Facebook page. She could not refuse to help:

  “He had lived through this before, injured with puncture wounds from dog fighting. Chester was covered in blood. He was covered in scars. His body told us his past and through his eyes showed us his pain.”

Chester has been rushed in for emergency medical treatment. Let’s hope this poor dog survives. To help with this latest case of extreme abuse and cruelty, donations for the dog’s care can be made by clicking here or PayPal at

(Photos of Chester’s face and desperate look courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)



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Dog breeders organize wolfhound dog attacks for title of Champion of Breed

Owners and breeders of Asian shepherds brought their dogs to a stadium in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Sunday in an organized dog fight competition aimed at finding the dogs best suited to improve the breed. According to the Daily Mail, twelve breeders watched their dogs fight each other as they vied for the title of Champion of Breed.Wolfhounds fight 2

The countries of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are both very similar in culture, society, religion and language. Formerly part of the USSR, the countries are located in Central Asia. Dog fighting is legal in both countries and often witnessed by dozens of spectators as well as the dog breeders themselves; many even video the egregious battles between the massive Kyrgyz wolfhounds.

Dog fighting competitions are also popular in China, and spectators seem to have no trouble watching the dogs tear each other apart; the fights are not stopped even when both dogs are bleeding and seriously injured. The shocking photos released have drawn harsh criticism and disgust from Westerners.

(Photos of fighting wolfhound dogs screenshots via the Daily Mail)

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Scrappy: Bait dog ripped apart and dumped to die

In Savannah, Georgia, the tragic story of a tortured dog continues to touch the hearts of animal advocates everywhere. Scrappy, as he has been dubbed, was covered in both old and new bite wounds. When discovered, he had been abandoned and left to die – had help not come in the nick of time, the dog surely would have welcomed death.Scrappy IPR

When Imagine Pet Rescue founder, Cindy McManus received the plaintive call for help last Friday, she was shocked at the dog’s condition. Scrappy had been the victim of dog fighting. The young dog didn’t want to fight, so his cruel owners used him as a “bait dog,” and Scrappy wasn’t ever allowed or able to fight back. Ripped apart, tortured, starved, infected with heart worms, and then he was abandoned.

“I sit here tonight and ask myself over and over ….. HOW is dog fighting EVER OK??? What part of us as human beings find this a ‘SPORT’ or ‘ENTERTAINMENT’?????? …. DON’T WORRY Scrappy… you will NEVER HAVE TO FIGHT AGAIN….. or be subject to the ‘human failures….’ YOU ARE SAFE now and we will HEAL your wounds…,” Cindy posted on the organization’s Facebook page asking for help to save Scrappy.Scrappy IPR3

And in a personal message to the sweet canine victim, and statements aimed directly at the cruel people who inflicted this egregious cruelty, Cindy added:

“I have so little words to cobble together to even express what you have been through sweet boy… used as a BAIT DOG…your injuries made me sob… you sweet boy did NOT deserve this… all because you refused to fight… you suffered the ultimate consequences… your ear almost ripped off… your entire head mangled all because someone chose to “profit” from your existence… I hope they suffer far worse than you have… but Yes Scrappy… you are safe now… and loved and WE will HEAL you

Scrappy is currently at the group’s emergency veterinary partner, Savannah Animal Care. His recovery needs will be extensive, and it is estimated he will need numerous sutures to close the wounds on his face and body. Despite the pain and torture Scrappy has endured,  he showers his rescuers with love and kisses. Scrappy has forgiven and holds no grudges.

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Wishing you a speedy recovery. (Photos of Scrappy courtesy of Imagine Pet Rescue)

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