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Dog fighting is a form of blood sport in which game dogs are made to fight, sometimes to the death. It is illegal in most developed countries. Dog fighting is used for entertainment and may also generate revenue from stud fees, admission fees and gambling.

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At the Beginning...

Dog fighting is a blood sport that has been practised for centuries around the world. Blood sports involving the baiting of animals has occurred since antiquity, most famously at the Colosseum in Rome during the reign of the Roman Empire. For over six hundred years the pastime flourished, reaching the peak of its popularity during the 16th century. The various animal types involved in the bait allowed for the breed specialization and basic anatomical forms of fighting dogs, which we see today.

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Accounts of dog fighting in China date back to 240 A.D.. Dog fighting has been documented in the recorded history of many different cultures, and is presumed to have existed since the initial domestication of the species. Many breeds have been bred specifically for the strength, attitude, and physical features that would make them better fighting dogs.

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Scholars speculate that large-scale human migration, development of trade, and gifts between royal courts of valuable fighting dogs facilitated the spread of fighting dog breeds. There are many accounts of military campaigns which used fighting dogs, as well as royal gifts in the form of large dogs.

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Modern Dogfighting

The development of modern dogfighting that is found in Europe and North and South America can be clearly traced to 1835, when "bull-baiting" was banned in England. When the ban was created, the owners of "bulldogs", which had been used to bait bulls, bears and other animals, began to pit dog against dog. The largest, heaviest bull dogs were soon crossed with smaller, quicker terriers to make the "bull terriers" who became the common breed today - pit bulls. Fights between two or more animals have always been popular spectacles.

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The Romans, the Greeks, Spanish, as well as French have pitted dogs against other animals, dating back hundreds or thousands of years.

So when the British people began selectively breeding the popular old-time bulldog for use in dog-on-dog combat, they couldn't take credit for having been the first to pit one animal against another. (It seems the bloodlust of humans extends across time and the globe!)

The dogs that were used in these British dog fights became known as the American Pit Bull Terrier.

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The original, old-time bulldog was used for all manner of stock-related work, particularly as a catch dog: used by the butcher to manage unruly bulls, and by the hunter for help in catching and holding wild boar and other game.

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The sport of bull baiting became popular in England, having arisen from these functional jobs that the bulldog performed for humans.

Baiting was extremely popular and nearly a national past time. At one point, there was even a law mandating that the flesh of a bull could only be sold if the animal had been baited prior to slaughter. But the baiting of animals was eventually outlawed due to the increasingly loud voices of opposition. And so humans, with their insatiable lust for blood and violence turned to the sport of dog-on-dog fighting.

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The bulldog, mixed with tough hunting terriers, was created to be used in this emerging 'sport'. Selectively bred down to a smaller size to increase agility in the pit, these dogs were also bred for stamina and wrestling ability. However, the most important trait in the fighting dog was gameness.

Gameness, the willingness to keep going and not give up is a trait common to breeds of bulldog ancestry. It may also be described as that plucky, never-say-die attitude seen in terriers. Lastly, the fighting dog had to be easily handled by humans, and so any aggression shown towards people was carefully selected AGAINST.

These dogs were eventually to become known as the "Pit Bulldog" or "Pit Bull Terrier", the precursors to our modern APBT.

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Pit Bulldogs (the new bulldog/terrier fighting dogs)were imported to America around the time of the Civil War, and they gained great popularity over the years. The dogs were not only the fighting dog of choice, but they were also surprisingly popular with the general public who embraced the breed wholeheartedly.

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Viewing art and old photographs from the early to mid 1900's, you can see that the Pit Bulldog was viewed as a valuable part of American culture. Back then, the breed was known as a sound family companion, and a dog that was great with kids—despite the fact that it was also a fighting breed.

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All Dogs?

Not just any dog can be trained to fight. Many dogs are born with a temper, but most fights between two dogs, like in the park, usually end quickly, with one backing down.

To breed successful fighting dogs, that willingness to back down had to be eliminated. Fighting dogs continue to attack, regardless of the submission signals of an opponent. Similarly, these dogs will continue to fight even though badly injured. Gameness a dog's willingness or desire to fight is the most admired trait in fighting dogs.

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Why Do People Get Involved?

For a lot of people, it's about ego - breeding fighting dogs makes them feel tough. Some fighters liken dog fighting to boxing, and see the owner as coach and the dog as prize fighter.

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While some might typify dog fighting as a symptom of urban decay, not every dog fighter is poor. There are people who promote or participate in dog fighting from every community and background. Licensed vets are often well paid to provide care for dogs at fights. Audiences contain lawyers, judges and teachers drawn in by the excitement and thrill. To them, dog fighting is not brutal, it is an art.








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Most law enforcement experts divide dogfight activity into three categories:

Street Fighting
Hobbyist fighting
Professional activity


Street fighters
engage in dog fights that are informal, street corner, back alley and playground activities. Stripped of the rules and formality of the traditional pit fight, these are spontaneous events triggered by insults, turf invasions or the simple taunt, "My dog can kill yours." Many of these participants lack even a semblance of respect for the animals they fight, forcing them to train while wearing heavy chains to build stamina, and picking street fights in which they could get seriously hurt. Many of the dogs are bred to be a threat not only to other dogs, but to people as well - with tragic consequences.

Street fights are frequently associated with gang activities. The fights may be conducted with money, drugs or bragging rights as the primary payoff. There is often no attempt to care for animals injured in the fight and police or animal control officers frequently encounter dead or dying animals in the aftermath of such fights. This activity is very difficult to respond to unless it is reported immediately. Professional fighters and hobbyists decry the techniques and results of these newcomers to the "blood sport."

Hobbyist fighters
are more organized, with one or more dogs participating in several organized fights a year as a sideline for both "entertainment" and to attempt to supplement income. They pay more attention to care and breeding of the dogs and are more likely to be traveling across state lines for events.

Professional dog fighters
often have large numbers of animals (often 50 or more) and earn money from breeding, selling and fighting dogs at a central location and on the road. They often pay particular attention to promoting established winning bloodlines and to long-term conditioning of animals. They regularly dispose of animals that are not successful fighters or breeders using a variety of methods, including shooting and blunt force trauma. Unlike professional dog fighters of the past, both professionals and hobbyists of today may dispose of dogs that are too human-aggressive for the pit by selling them to street fighters or others who are simply looking for an aggressive dog - thus contributing to the dog bite problem.


In recent years, a fourth category
of dog fighters seems to be emerging, with some wealthier individuals from the sports and entertainment worlds allegedly using their financial resources to promote "professional" dog fighting enterprises, which essentially use the philosophy and training techniques usually associated with street fighting.

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The breeds most commonly used in fighting tend to be:
Pit Bulls
Staffordshire Bull Terriers
American Staffordshire Terriers
American Pit Bull dogs
Modern American Bulldogs
American Bull Terriers
Russian Volkodav
Kavkazian Shepperd
Mastiffs of all kinds or mixes/cross breeds related to those breeds
Tosa Inu
Bullterrier


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Dog Fighters have to put in a lot of effort to train their dogs to fight, as naturally these dogs are gentle, loving, affectionate, tolerent breeds. Although these are the usual breeds used, other breeds have been known to be used.

Bait dogs, which are dogs used for fighting dogs to practice on, tearing them apart, can be any breed. They are often stolen family pets, obtained from adverts where they are offered free, or at a low price.








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"Bait" animals are used to test a dog's fighting instinct, and these animals are often mauled or killed in the process. Trainers obtain bait animals from several sources: wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or in some cases, stolen pets. Sometimes the animals are also obtained through "free to a good home" ads.

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According to news reports compiled by the Humane Society of the United States, the snouts of bait dogs are wrapped with duct tape to prevent them from injuring dogs being trained for fighting. Their teeth are filed and their nails are cut until nothing is left. Other animals, such as cats and rabbits are also reported to be used as bait animals. Experts have said small dogs, kittens and rabbits are more at risk of being stolen for bait than larger animals.








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In the Pit: A "Typical" Match
During its heyday, rules were been written up meant to govern the "sport" of dog fighting. In "professional" fighting circles, these rules are still utilized to one extent or another. There are various versions, all mostly following a similar pattern. A fight that was conducted under typical rules would have been conducted as follows:

Dogs were matched into other dogs who were similar in size/weight, and also well-conditioned.
Dog fighters typically rejected the proposition of pitting a Pit Bull against a poorly conditioned or sick dog, or against a breed other than a Pit Bull. Many considered it inhumane to match any breed that hadn't been bred for the task. The irony of this position seems to have been lost on the dog fighters, considering the dogs suffered in the pit no matter what breed they were.

Two dogs along with their handlers and a referee were present in the pit during the fight, handlers in very close contact with their dogs at all times. A dog who would snap or attack his handler would be terribly difficult to handle, so dogs who displayed this tendency were typically eliminated from the gene pool. Dogs and their handlers waited on opposite sides of the pit until the referee commanded "release your dogs", at which time the fight began. The dogs were broken off each other throughout the match, returned to their corners, and then released again. Each time the dogs were released, they had to cross over what was called a "scratch line" (a predetermined distance a dog needed to travel from his corner towards the center of the pit), in a certain amount of time, or else the opposing dog would be declared the victor. Fights could last anywhere from a few minutes to over 2 hours.

Dogs who lost because they refused to fight or gave up (e.g. the ones that didn't display gameness, typically called "curs") were usually destroyed.

Dogs who survived or won a match went on to fight again, and/or to become stud dogs. Essentially these dogs were mere money making machines for humans.

Old match reports and accounts from eye witnesses describe brutality and violence that is difficult to imagine. Dogs with broken limbs, disemboweled, faces half torn off, struggling to survive in the pit are commonly referenced. These were not simply 'wrestling' matches, or exhibitions just to demonstrate "gameness" as some dog fighting supporters would have you believe – these were life and death struggles for the dogs involved, and they routinely went through incredible amounts of pain and suffering during their ordeals.








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Dog fighting has been popular in many countries throughout history and continues to be practiced both legally and illegally around the world.


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Australia
Dog fighting is illegal in Australia. It is also illegal to possess any fighting equipment designed for dog fighting. Despite this, there are many dog fighting rings in Australia which are often associated with gambling activities and other illegal practices such as drug dealing and firearms. The RSPCA is concerned that dog fighting involves the suffering or even the death of dogs for the purpose of entertainment. The illegal nature of dogfighting in Australia means that injured dogs rarely get veterinary treatment placing the dog' s health and welfare at even greater risk. "Restricted Breed Dogs" cannot be imported into Australia. These include the Dogo Argentino, the Japanese Tosa, the Fila Brasileiro, the Perro de Presa Canario and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Of these, the Pit Bull Terrier and the Perro de Presa Canario are the only breeds currently known to exist in Australia and there are strict regulations on keeping these breeds, including a prohibition on transferring ownership.


India
Dog fighting is not common barring some rural areas, and is illegal as defined by the Indian law. It is also illegal to possess dogfighting materials such as videos, or to attend an event.


Japan
According to historical documents, Hōjō Takatoki, the 14th shikken (shogun's regent) of the Kamakura shogunate was known to be obsessed with dog fighting, to the point where he allowed his samurai to pay taxes with dogs. During this period dog fighting was known as inuawase.

Dog fighting was considered a way for the Samurai to retain their aggressive edge during peaceful times. Several daimyo, such as Chosokabe Motochika and Yamauchi Yodo, both from Tosa Province (present-day Kochi Prefecture), were known to encourage dog fighting. Dog fighting was also popular in Akita Prefecture, which is the origin of the Akita breed.

Dog fighting evolved in Kōchi to a form that is called token. Under modern rules, dogs fight in a fenced ring until one of the dogs barks, yelps, or loses the will to fight. Owners are allowed to throw in the towel, and matches are stopped if a doctor judges it is too dangerous. Draws usually occur when both dogs will not fight or both dogs fight until the time limit. There are various other rules, including one that specifies that a dog will lose if it attempts to copulate. Champion dogs are called yokozuna, as in sumo. Dog fighting is not banned at a nationwide level, but the prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama and Hokkaido all ban the practice. Currently, most fighting dogs in Japan are of the Tosa breed which is native to Kochi. Dog fighting does not have strong links to gambling in Japan.


Latin America
Dog fighting is widely practiced in much of Latin America, especially in Argentina, Peru and many parts of Brazil (where dog fights are illegal). The American Pit Bull Terrier is by far the most common breed involved in the bloodsport. The Fila Brasileiro and Dogo Argentino are also used as fighting dogs. The Dogo Cubano and Dogo Cordoba were used for fighting a century ago, but have become extinct.


North America
Dog fighting is illegal in the United States. It has been illegal in Canada since 1892; however, the current law requires police to catch individuals during the unlawful act, which is often difficult.

According to a study by the College of Law of Michigan State University published in 2005, in the United States, dog fighting was once completely legal and was sanctioned and promoted during the colonial period (17th century through 1776) and continuing through the Victorian era in the late 19th century. However, by the early 20th century, the brutality inherent in dog fighting was no longer tolerated by American society. It has become increasingly outlawed, a trend which has continued into the 21st century.

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As of 2008, dog fighting is a felony in all states. It is against the law even to attend a dog fighting event, regardless of direct participation. According to authorities, dog fighting is increasingly practiced by gangs in low income areas of the United States, and is linked to other unlawful activities, such as illegal gambling and prostitution.

Despite legality issues, dogs are still commonly used for fighting purposes all across the continent. The American Pit Bull Terrier is the most popular breed used for fighting, but foreign breeds, such as the Dogo Argentino (used widely in South America) and Presa Canario (used in Spain) are also gaining popularity.


Russia
Although animal cruelty laws exist in Russia, dog fighting is widely practiced.

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Laws prohibiting dogfights have been passed in certain places, and in others dogfights are legally held generally using volkodav or wolfhounds. Temperament tests, which are a common and relatively mild form of dog fighting used for breeding purposes, are fairly commonplace. Dog fighting is prohibited in Moscow by order of that city's mayor.


South Africa
Dog fighting is reportedly widespread in South Africa, particularly in the Western Cape region of Stellenbosch. The Stellenbosch Animal Welfare Society (AWS) frequently responds to complaints of night time dog fighting in the town of Cloetesville in which hundreds of dogs fight. Young children may be used to transport fighting dogs to avoid arrest of the owners.


United Kingdom
The Cruelty to Animals Act 1835 of England and Wales was the first legislation in the world that made dogfighting illegal. Despite periodic dog-fight prosecutions, the illegal canine pit battles continued. Sporting journals of the 18th and 19th centuries depict the Black Country and London as the primary English dog fight centres of the period. In recent years the inner cities, particularly London, have seen a steady rise in the number of convictions for dog fighting, primarily among teenage youths of pakistani descent.

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In the 20th and 21st centuries, dog fighting has increasingly become an unlawful activity in most of the world. The reasons fall into several broad categories, and each have motivated constituencies in many areas.

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Today, this archaic brutality continues, despite being illegal all across the U.S. Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states in the U.S. Spectating is illegal in all states except Hawaii and Montana. It is considered a felony to be a spectator in 24 states, and the list of states is growing.

So Why Do People Get Involved?
For a lot of people, it's about ego - breeding fighting dogs makes them feel tough. Some fighters liken dog fighting to boxing, and see the owner as coach and the dog as prize fighter.

While some might typify dog fighting as a symptom of urban decay, not every dog fighter is poor. There are people who promote or participate in dog fighting from every community and background. Licensed vets are often well paid to provide care for dogs at fights. Audiences contain lawyers, judges and teachers drawn in by the excitement and thrill. To them, dog fighting is not brutal, it is an art.

Dog fighting is an entertainment for very few people but enough to cause 16,000 dogs (44 per day) each year to be killed by organized dog fighting. Training of dogs for the fights involves the destruction of other animals, including cats. Dogs rescued from fighting make poor pets and must often be destroyed. Organizers of dog fights face prison terms of five years and $250,000 in fines. In some jurisdictions, even attending a dogfight can result in imprisonment and fines.

Dog fighting, despite its felony status in all 50 states, is still a grave concern to animal advocates. All across the country, humans abuse dogs in heinous ways.
From nonchalant, impromptu "street fights" to the large-scale organized matches held on a regular schedule at set locations, dog fighting still occurs every day.

Dog fighting is an ANIMAL ABUSE ISSUE.
Pit Bulls happen to be the breed most used in dog fights. But if Pit Bulls did not exist, dog fighting would still take place. There is no quenching the blood lust of human "kind". Brutality against animals in the form of staged matches or fights between animals or even between man and animal is an activity almost as old as man himself – it was in existence long before the Pit Bull. Those who make dog fighting a PIT BULL ISSUE do the dogs a grave disservice. These dogs are VICTIMS in every sense of the word. Exploited, abused, tortured for human gain, Pit Bulls are innocent beings caught up in a tragic societal issue.

ALL dogs can potentially fight, and intradog aggression is a very common behavioral issue.

The dogs are not perpetrators, they are not evil partners of the humans, nor are they mere "tools" of a "trade". These dogs abused by man are living, feeling, breathing, helpless victims, with a world to offer if humans would only give them the chance. They have so much worth and substance, but their countless positive traits are trampled on and stifled by the real "animals" who mistreat them. Allowed the opportunity to blossom into their true selves, even those dogs who have been exposed to the cruelty of the pit can live as companions and enjoy those luxuries afforded to "normal pet dogs". Dogs saved from fighting busts do not need "rehabilitation", what they need is a chance to show who they truly are, their intrinsic natures - their positive attributes of love, trust, loyalty, courage, and gentleness.








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On August 27, 2007 professional American football player Michael Vick pleaded guilty to felony charges of running a dogfighting ring.

Vick joined three others who had pleaded guilty earlier to federal offense charges for running a competitive dogfighting ring called "Bad Newz Kennels" over a period of 6 years. The case drew widespread publicity in the United States owing to Vick's fame, his image as a role model, and certain gruesome details of the operation, including how underperforming dogs were executed via means such as electrocution and hanging. The related unlawful gambling he funded was especially objectionable to his professional football league's Player Code of Conduct. The four co-defendants face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 plus restitution. It is also likely that Vick will forfeit ownership of the $700,000 15 acre estate in Surry County, Virginia which was developed for the enterprise. A Virginia state grand jury met to consider additional state charges on Vick on September 25, 2007.

In the wake of the Michael Vick case the Animal Legal Defense Fund drafted a recommended amendment to state laws that would enable prosecutors to charge dogfighters under the respective state's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (commonly referred to as "RICO") statute.

Applied to animal fighting, RICO,which was originally designed to be a weapon against a wide variety of organized criminal efforts, including drug dealing and gambling,would give prosecutors increased muscle in seeking justice for the animals abused and as in the highly publicized Michael Vick dogfighting case executed by their owners. Thirty two states currently have RICO statutes to which this amendment could be applied. The amendment was enacted in Virginia in July 2008, making it the third state, along with Oregon and Utah, whose law lists dogfighting as a RICO predicate offense.








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Your first instinctive response may be to yell at the top of your lungs to try to break up the battle. Your second is often to reach in and attempt to bodily rescue your canine pal, especially if it appears he is getting the worst of it. Neither of these actions is likely to be effective. Yelling often adds fuel to the stress and arousal that led to the fight in the first place, and only intensifies the battle.


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If you have ever witnessed a dog fight at the dog park, you understand how scary and dangerous they can be.

Breaking up a dog fight is serious business and it can go bad in a heart beat. It is important to know your limitations and don't get into the middle of something you can't physically deal with.

A dog fight is one of the most frightening things a dog owner can witness.

Learning how to keep a dog fight from happening in the first place is one of the best things you can do for you and your dog.

In some cases, human intervention can fuel the fire and it is best to let it fizzle out. If a play session seems to be getting too rough, start by calling your dog in an upbeat, relaxed tone. A well-trained dog should respond to you and heed your command. This is probably a good time to take a break. Note: a dog without a reliable recall should not be allowed to play off-leash with other dogs.

To prevent play sessions from escalating to fights, it is essential that your dog have a strong foundation of training and socialization before you allow him to play off-leash with other dogs. You should be able to call your dog away from other dogs and be sure he will listen.

Know that shouting, screaming, hitting and kicking dogs usually ignites their rage towards one another. If two dogs seem to be truly fighting for more than 30-60 seconds and it seems to be getting really serious, it may be time to physically intervene.

First things first:
NEVER physically get in the middle of two dogs fighting.

If you put your hand (or other body part) anywhere near the heads of these dogs you WILL be injured. This includes trying to grab their collars. Don't be foolish enough think a dog will not bite its beloved owner. In the heat of a dog fight, your dog does not see who is intervening. He will bite any and everything in his way. DO NOT underestimate your dog. It's not personal. Remember, if your dog is injured, he will need you to take care of him.

There are a few ways to try and break up a dog fight. No matter what method you use, be sure to remain as calm as possible. Avoid yelling at the dogs and other people.

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Here are several ways to break up a dog fight :
1) Circle behind one dog and grab his back feet or legs, and raise them into the air. Without the use of his legs, he won't be able to continue fighting. Pull the dogs apart and back slowly away, continuing to hold their legs. Move in a backward arc so that the dog can't reach around to bite you. He'll be walking on his front legs only, so he won't be able to maneuver with much agility.

When you've reached a safe distance, perhaps 20 feet, hold the dog safely until he calms down, which is easiest if you turn him so he can no longer see his opponent.

2) Hose them down.
One of the simplest ways to break up the fight is to throw a bucket of water or hose down the dogs. It will break their attack instinct immediately, and each will forget about their aggression toward the other dog. No harm done, and in most cases the dogs will walk away, a little wet but not worse for wear.

3) Startle them with a loud sound.
Bang two pieces of metal together near their heads, or use a tiny air horn to startle them. If you don't have any props on hand, clap loudly or give a shriek. Startling the dogs with sound will do the same thing startling them with water does. They'll forget why they were fighting and walk away from each other.

4) Hit a latched-on dog in the face with a hose or a heavy stick.

5) Use a barrier to split them up.
Look for something you can use to stick between the dog and separate them. A large piece of cardboard, plywood, a garbage can lid, a big stick - any of these can be used to separate the dogs without putting your hands in harm's way.

6) Throw a blanket over the dogs.
Some dogs will stop fighting when they can't see each other anymore. If you have a large blanket, a tarp, or another piece of opaque material, try tossing it over the fighting dogs to calm them down.

7) Break them up with a partner.
If none of the easier techniques are proving effective, you may need to separate them physically so they don't end up ripping each other to pieces. You and another adult should each approach one dog from behind; it's much safer to do this with a partner than all by yourself.

8) Grab the attacker's collar and twisting it to cut off dog's air. This will finish the fight immediately.


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Breaking Up a Dog Fight with Another Person
1. Each of you shall grab the back legs of the fighting dogs, and then pick them up like wheelbarrow. With the dogs' legs up, they are pulled apart and kept from each other.

2. Do this by circling behind one pooch, grabbing his back legs, and then raising them up into the air. Without the use of his back legs, the dog will be forced to stand on his front legs and will not be able to continue fighting.

3. Separate the dogs as you back away slowly. Just hold their feet or legs continually as you carefully move in a smooth backward arc. That way, your pet won't be able to reach around and bite you. Because the dog will only be using his front legs, he'd be kept from maneuvering with any agility.

4. The moment you have reached a safe distance, at least about 20 feet away, try holding the dog securely until he calms down. Turn him away so he doesn't see the other dog, and try to change his state of mind using distraction.


Splitting up a Dog Fight While Alone


1. It's extremely dangerous to pull two aggressive dogs apart when you're all by yourself. However, if the situation asks for it, move forward carefully with the plan below.

2. Get a leash if you don't have one with you. The dogs will surely continue on fighting as you look for a restraint, but you have to take the necessary steps to guarantee your own safety.

3. Try approaching one of the dogs, especially the aggressor, if you can determine which dog this is, and the moment you're close enough, loop the leash around the dog's belly, just in front of his back legs. Try slipping the free end of the leash through its looped handle, and then pull it taut. Immediately back away, as you pull the dog, till you get to something you can fasten and secure the pooch to, perhaps a fence post or a telephone pole.

4. After this, move towards the second pooch from behind, grab him by the hind legs, and then pull him away using the same method above. Drag the dog using the wheelbarrow method at least 20 feet away from his opponent, and find a way to restrain him until help arrives.



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What you can do?
1. Spread the word about our $5,000 reward by ordering a free reward action pack, which includes posters, postcards, brochures, and stickers with information about our reward for you to post around your neighborhood. You can also download dogfighting poster [PDF] and print it out.

2. Help take a bite out of dogfighters. Urge your local radio station to run one of our public service announcements (available in English or Spanish) about our standing $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dogfighting.

3. You an also fundraise for local bus ads, billboards, and PSA placements. Fundraising is a great way to get the kids involved: Have them hold a bake sale or car wash.

4. Do you have friends who offer services or own stores? Have them donate half their proceeds of a weekend towards a fund to advertise our animal fighting reward.

5. Educate the masses (or at least your circle of friends). Order a copy of our educational video, "Life on the Chain, Death in the Ring," and invite your friends over for a viewing party. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and there is no better way to get people motivated to do something than to let them see the problem. Host a party and then split into groups to plaster the city with reward posters.

6. Want to go further? Have an official viewing in a church or other public area (with permission, of course), and advertise the event. What a way to build a local coalition!

7. If you live in a state where dogfighting penalties are deficient, write to your state legislators and urge them to upgrade the law. Wherever you live, urge your local, state, and Congressional representatives to support better funding for enforcement of animal fighting laws.

8. Learn about our grassroots End Dogfighting Campaign and get involved.

9. Sign up to receive HSUS' email alerts to get the latest news about our efforts to combat animal cruelty.

10. Put a dedicated team on the animals' side by donating to our Animal Cruelty Response and Reward Fund.

11. Write letters to the editor about the cruelty and dangers of dogfighting.

12. Make friends with your sheriff, and bring animal fighting issues to his attenton. Call or visit your local law enforcement office and bring them animal fighting reward posters. Even better, present law enforcement with statements from local animal control or shelter workers regarding the signs they see of animal fighting in the community.

13. Let your sheriff know about The HSUS' day-long training courses for law enforcement on animal fighting, with experts who discuss the signs of animal fighting and how to eradicate it. Once your sheriff is serious about cracking down on dogfighting and cockfighting, word will quickly spread that your town is no safe haven for animal fighters.

14. Post our dogfighting video on your website, blog, or social networking profile like Facebook to raise awareness about dogfighting.

15. If you suspect dogfighting in your own neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. Urge your local officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice, and assistance. The HSUS has a standing reward now doubled to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction of illegal dogfighting.

16. Support stronger laws. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to keep up to date on dog fighting legislation in your state.

17. Alert the media! Your local newspaper and television station are always looking for stories, especially investigative ones—be sure to contact them about the cruelty and dangers of dog fighting.

18. Call or write your local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating dog fighting cruelty should be a priority. Dog fighting is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these cases.

19. Keep your eyes and ears open. If you suspect dog fighting in your own neighborhood, contact the police or your local animal control officer. Provide as much information as you can, such as the date and time you noticed something wrong, the address or location, and what led you to believe there was dog fighting taking place.

20. Protect your pets. Dog fighters sometimes steal companion animals to use as bait dogs. Don't let your animals outside without supervision, and make sure they have proper identification tags and are microchipped.

21. Adopt a Pit Bull and let your perfect pooch be an ambassador for the breed! Be sure to read our Pit Bull adoption tips before you start your search.

22. Set a good example for others. If you are already the proud parent of a Pit Bull, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. And always let others know what great companions they make!

23. Volunteer! If your local shelter is facing a Pit Bull dilemma, volunteer to help keep adoptable Pit Bulls and Pit mixes mentally and physically fit by exercising them or taking them to obedience classes. You can also lead a chew-toy drive at work to collect rawhides or hard rubber playthings to keep them busy, or help create a fundraiser to support a free sterilization program for Pit Bulls in your local shelter.

24. Educate others in your community about the horrors of dog fighting and start a neighborhood watch program.

25. Teach your children. Do your kids have questions about dog fighting? Visit our children's website, ASPCAKids, for information about dog fighting that's written especially for kids.


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How to Spot Signs of Dogfighting in Your Community
Often hear the dog barking and screaming noices around your neighbourhood

An inordinate number of pit bulls being kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsocialized

Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, and stifle area (hind end and thighs)

Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal's death.

Wounds on the body.

Patches of missing hair.

Extremely thin, starving animals.

Limping.

An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.

Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.

Dogs who have been hit by cars or are showing any of the signs listed above and have not been taken to a veterinarian.

Dogs who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.

Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.

Dogfighting training equipment such as treadmills used to build dogs' endurance, "break sticks" used to pry apart the jaws of dogs locked in battle, tires or "springpoles" (usually a large spring with rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs, or unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours

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Where Does Dog Fighting Happen?
There Are International Networks
Breeds Used In Fights
Why Are These Breeds Used In Fights?
Why Do Dogs Fight If They Do Not Want To?
The Breeds' Loyalty & Eagerness To Please Makes Them Perfect Victims
How Are Dogs Made In To Fighting Dogs?
This Abuse Leads To Victimisation Of Whole Breeds
What Happens To Dogs If They Lose Fights?
Torture Is Purposely Prolonged & Painful
His Legs, Nose, Mouth,Tail & Ears Hacked Off For Losing Fight
Their Chances Of Being Adopted Are Low
Emotional Trauma Of Fighting Dogs
Do Breeds Used In Fights Feel Less Pain?
What Is A Bait Dog
Where Are Bait Dogs Obtained From?
How Can I Protect My Pets From Becoming Bait Animals
Why Do People Enjoy Such A Cruel Activity
What Kind Of People Are Involved?

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In the winter months, the brutal sport has made a comeback since the Taliban's ouster. Banned under the Taliban as un-Islamic, dog fighting has experienced a resurgence around Afghanistan.






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