Dog fighting is one of the worst forms of animal cruelty. Dogs used for fighting usually live in isolation and are kept on short, heavy chains. These dogs are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including steroids, to encourage aggressiveness and develop muscle mass. Often their ears are cropped and their tails are docked close to their bodies to minimize body language cues and limit areas other dogs can grab during a fight.
Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states but continues in every part of the country and every type of community. Fights can happen anywhere from back alleys to large enterprises and usually take place in a 14-20 square foot pit to contain the animals.
Some fights only last a few minutes and others can go on for hours. Both dogs usually suffer injuries ranging from puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, crushing injuries and broken bones. Many dogs succumb to their injuries and others are brutally killed as part of the ‘sport’.
The ASPCA offers A Closer Look at Dog Fighting. This article includes ways you can help to put an end to this cruelty. Please read and share this information. There’s strength in numbers and together we can stop dog fighting.