What you can do to stop dogfighting

September 9, 2018

What you can do to stop dogfighting

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Anyone with information about an old or pending dogfight is urged to contact police or your local human society.

While a dogfight is going on, people may hear noise from the fight or the spectators. They may see dogs in cages on the property, where large numbers of vehicles may be parked.

Police warn people to not approach the suspected site or individuals for safety’s sake.

“Law enforcement relies on these tips. The best ones are from someone inside the dogfighting organization who is upset with someone,” said Tim Harland, humane officer for the Summit County Humane Society. “We can’t get in without a warrant, but we can get one if we have enough good information.”

Animal welfare attorney Jeff Holland of Sharon Center, Medina County, offered the following tips of what people should look for. Below are training tools that people use to prepare dogs to fight.

Dogs wearing thick, heavy chains around their necks. Sometimes there are weights attached to the chains. These are designed to strengthen the neck muscles.Training tools, like dog treadmills that increase endurance; “catmills,” which chain a cat, small dog or rabbit to a beam of a rotating pole and the dog to another. The dogs run in circles chasing the bait animal, which is always out of reach. At the end, the dog is given the animal to kill as a reward, according to Holland.Springpoles or jumpoles, a long pole with a spring mechanism that allows the hunk of animal hide attached to the bottom to bounce up and down. The dog leaps up to catch it.Flirtpole, a handheld pole with an animal hide at the end designed to excite the dog by making him chase it.Bait animals, small dogs, cats or rabbits are sometimes confined near the dogs being trained to fight. Also, torn apart bodies of smaller animals may be found in the yard after dogs have torn the bait animals apart.Sight and sounds, the sounds of dogs fighting or the noise of crowds and numerous cars parked nearby are obvious tip-offs of a possible dog fight in progress.The Humane Society of the United States offers up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people involved in animal fighting. Call 877-TIP-HSUS to anonymously report people involved in dogfighting.

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