August 9th 2010 6:49 pm
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Here s some more news about poor unfortunate Lenny.I will put more here as I find out more.Such a sad story, I hope there will be justice and a happy ending at least for Lenny.
Aug 9, 2010
Investigation into possible dog fighting in Kalamazoo County
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The rescue of an abandoned dog has sparked an investigation into possible dog fighting in Kalamazoo County.
A pit-bull called Lenny was rescued on Old Douglas Road in Cooper Township over the weekend. The dog had been dumped on the side of the road and was malnourished with multiple wounds and failing kidneys.
Doctors say it appears that the dog wasn't just dumped, but may have first been used as bait for other dogs learning to fight.
Lenny was brought to an animal hospital in bad shape, he weighed only half of what he should have, had bite wounds all over his face, a possibly broken jaw, and mangled legs.
The vet who treated him has a strong suspicion of what happened to Lenny.
“Due to the extent of those injuries, it appeared he was a bait dog,” said Dr. Amy Hass of Cascade Animal Hospital.
In other words, Lenny was likely put up against other, more aggressive, dogs.
“Usually when someone is training a dog for fighting, they don't want to train the dog with a dog that can beat them,” said Steve Lawrence, Kalamazoo County Animal Services.
Lawrence says that while he's never found an organized dog fighting ring in Kalamazoo County, that doesn't mean they don't exist.
“Never assume there's not a fighting ring just because you haven't found one in your community,” said Lawrence.
Lawrence says Animal Control has seen animals come to the shelter with layers of scarring and has received a number of complaints about possible fighting operations, but says such operations are difficult to find.
“An organized fighting ring is going to be elusive,” said Lawrence, “we are talking large amounts of money involved in those rings.”
Lawrence says it will likely take help from the public to track down anyone involved in dog fighting, but getting Lenny's picture out in front of the public could help.
“Maybe someone will see it on TV, recognized the dog, know who owns it or saw it used in that way,” said Lawrence.
Anyone with information about Lenny or dog fighting in Kalamazoo County is asked to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department at 269-383-8823.
Isn't it sad that we still have unfeeling blokes around who use dogs as a source of $ and entertainment.
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It makes us mad to know that there are bad people out there!
Have they said anything about Lenny's condition?
That is so sad. Some people are terrible! Hope Lenny is doing ok!
I looked around at other newspapers from this area, and other local TV stations, but so far I can't find out how this doggy is fairing. When I do, will post it.
This makes mom so sad because there are so
many more dogs out there that are going
through the same thing Lenny did-that will
never get help. They'll live and die
without ever knowing or feeling love and
kindness from someone. To these horrible
people, these innocent pups are just
considered something to throw away like
No animal should ever be treated like this.
That's right...but what is so awful, this is just about in my own backyard.Grand Rapids is about 50 miles from my den.
I can't bear to read this story cause it makes me sick, but I sure do hope that Lenny is doing ok. and I hope that the catch these jerks that did this to him...
Poor, lil' Lenny...so sickenin' whut habbended tu him :(
It breaks our hearts.
A bait dog? This is terrible! I hope Lenny recovers soon!