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Injured dog a sign of bigger problems

 

October 31, 2006



 Sometime in the late night hours of Friday, Oct. 20, a one year old pit bull was left for dead in a dumpster behind a local business on East Warrington Avenue, the apparent discard of an “organized” dog fight.

Through the efforts of the Animal Rescue League, we have come to know him as “Chance,” and thanks to their efforts, he is alive and will be up for adoption when his health permits. What is most disturbing to me is that this is an indication that this “blood sport” is taking place more then we realize, right here in our neighborhoods, and that many other innocent animals are meeting this same fate. We just haven't heard about them.

 Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits, or small dogs. These “bait” animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through “free to good home” advertisements.

Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in almost every state. Spectators provide much of the profit associated with dog fighting, and the money generated by admission fees and gambling helps keep this “blood sport” alive. But as the law stands now, spectators can not be charged with a crime.

 I believe that we are charged in this life with protecting the innocents that cannot protect themselves without our help. Please, if you suspect that dog fighting is going on in your neighborhood, alert local law enforcement or one of the humane shelters. You can also report this crime anonymously without fear of retaliation using a silent complaint form available on line at the city website, or through the Zone Three Police Station.

Humane agents are looking for the person or persons that did this to Chance. A surveillance tape showing a man with Chance just two hours before he was discovered in the dumpster can be viewed at http://www.wpxi.com/news. Anyone with information is being asked to call Humane Agent Kathy Hecker at 412-847-7065, or Zone Three Police at 412-488-8326.

Bruce A. Kraus

South Side

 

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