|Barked: Tue Dec 18, '12 6:19pm PST |
|I really loathe to say something so negative, but you can't educate them. They view their dogs strictly for fighting. Some very professional outfits are very avid about breeding a great fighting dog and are proud of what they do. More inner city cultures are pretty famed for torturing losing dogs to their deaths. Kids get little puppies and will start abuse from a young age, as all they care about is that a dog will fight. The fight is the point, not the dog. The dog is the vehicle. He is of no emotional value unless he is, or promises to be, a winner.
You need to, you must, report signs of suspicious activity. Making areas more hostile to conduct fights is often our best tool of defense. The Georgia law states:
"any person who owns, possesses, trains, transports, or sells any dog with the intent that such dog shall be engaged in fighting with another dog, wagers money or anything of value on the result of such dogfighting, knowingly permits dogfighting on his or her premises, knowingly promotes or advertises an exhibition of fighting commits the offense of dogfighting. Violation of the law is a felony, with a mandatory fine of $5,000.00 or a mandatory fine of $5,000.00 in addition to imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than five years. On a second or subsequent conviction, such person shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than one nor more than ten years, a fine of not less than $15,000.00, or both such fine and imprisonment. Any person who is knowingly present only as a spectator at any place for the fighting of dogs shall, upon a first conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature." from animallaw.com.
911 is your best weapon. The HSUS also has the HSUS Dogfighting Hotline - 1-877-847-4787, to report activity with a $5,000 reward attached.
They have an inner city program which is geared to get to the kids in the inner city before they start, teaching them other ways to train, develop and compete with their Pit Bulls, such as agility, which gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride in what they do. You may want to ask if you could speak at the schools to the little people, who are the next generation. Have someone bring a well trained Pit Bull along who can do obedience and tricks that the kids can participate in as well. Or speak to your local Humane Society or ASPCA about doing the same.
I cannot say it enough....these tougher laws have been HARD fought for. We need to put them to use. Dog fighting must be reported. So much blood, sweat and tears are behind these tougher laws, and in many instances their value rests with local citizens, willing to speak up and alert law enforcement.
Edited by author Tue Dec 18, '12 6:22pm PST
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