The very thought that dog fighting is going on in my city, your city, and everywhere around us is downright scary and makes me sick to my stomach. Something needs to change. We need to help these innocent dogs that have no choice. Harsher penalties for those involved need to be in place. That’s why once again we’re taking part in National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) to spread the word and build awareness. Join us on Wednesday, April 8 and use the hashtag #NDFAD and #GetTough.
4 simple ways to get involved?
- Read our article on ways that you can help stop, recognize and report dog fighting
- Download a #GetTough on dog fighting toolkit which includes a printable sign, Facebook & Twitter cover image, and digital shareables.
- Take a photo with the #GetTough on dog fighting sign and post on social media.
- Ask the Department of Justice to #GetTough on dog fighters by creating harsher sentencing guidelines!
According to the ASPCA, law enforcement has divided the most common types of dog fighting into three categories: street fighting, hobbyist fighting and professional dog-fighting:
- Street fighters engage in dog fights that are informal street corner, back alley and playground activities.
- 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.
- Professional dog-fighters often have large numbers of animals (50+) and earn money from breeding, selling and fighting dogs at a central location and on the road.
– Not all dog fighters treat their dogs the same; street fighters may starve their dogs to increase aggression, unlike many professional fighters who invest a lot of time and money in conditioning their animals. The dogs are commonly given quality nutrition, steroids and muscle supplements. Narcotic drugs are also commonly used to increase aggression and mask pain or fear during a fight.