Saturday, April 5, 2014

"faithful and true, to the last beat of their heart"

“ Of all the creatures ever made (man) is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one... that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain.” Mark Twain

    The ASPCA has designated April 8th as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Animal lovers, owners, advocates and friends from around the globe are encouraged to share resources, solutions and valuable educational information about the illegal practice of dog fighting. You can join the live conversation online at Google Hangout moderated by ABC News journalist and author of "10% Happier", Dan Harris.   RSVP here.

     Dog fighting is a felony is all 50 states and the District of Columbia. So while criminals are viciously fighting animals to their death for profit, local and federal law enforcement, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and thousands of local rescue operations are fighting for justice.

 If you witness a dogfight in progress call 911 Emergency, immediately. Dog fighting is a deadly crime.

 Currently, the ASPCA and other animal rights advocates worked with Congress to enact legislation making it a federal crime to even attend or bring a minor to any organized animal fighting event. Making attendance a felony is a tremendous victory for innocent animals forced to participate in a barbaric blood "sport". Along with 367 pit bulls, officials in a recent national raid were able to seize narcotics, drug paraphernalia, weapons and 500,000 dollars cash used for gambling. The sweep was the result of a four year multi-state investigation.
When you suspect evidence of dog fighting there is a 99% chance other illegal activity will be discovered within an operation. What do you look for in your own community as evidence of dog fighting? What can you do if you believe its happening in your own backyard? What can you do if you know of or see a dog being chained or tethered and in obvious distress?
Contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
Contact your local law enforcement
Call your local animal control or humane officers

Below is a link to a list of TEN COMMON WARNING signs of dog fighting compiled from resources including the ASPCA, HSUS, law enforcement and various animal welfare organizations.

Together, we can stop animal abuse.

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