Daily Archives: June 20, 2014

Dog Fighting Is Still A Huge Problem, but there is a Way to Help

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the many ongoing issues related to dog fighting.  Its an unfortunate activity that exists for the sole purpose of providing a backdrop for illegal gambling.  The dogs involved are clearly mistreated and trained to be vicious killers.  The issue reached a true national audience when NFL quarterback Michael Vick .  Casino Watch Focus reported that after serving his time in prison, Michael Vick was allowed a second chance in the NFL and has supported efforts and legislation to curb this tragic  activity.  Many have a real passion for helping animals, dogs in particular, and want to make a difference where possible.  At times, when an issue seems so large and rampant, people aren’t sure how they can make a difference.  A wonderful article written by Arin Greenwood of the Huffington Post seeks to bring more attention to the matter and offers ways to help make a difference:

How do you stop a dog fight? No really: how do you stop a dog fight?

Earlier this year, Congress made it a federal crime to attend an animal fight, here in this nation of dog-lovers who are expected to spend almost $60 billion on our pets in 2014. (For perspective: That’s about the size of Luxembourg’s GDP.)

But animal welfare groups like the ASPCA estimate that tens of thousands of people are involved with dogfighting — and that the activity may not only be growing, but going deeper underground.

The Humane Society and other organizations offer reward money for information leading to the arrest of those who are involved with dog fighting operations. Which leads to the question: What does a dog fighting operation look like, and how will you know if you’re seeing the signs? And if you do come across what you suspect is a dog fighting operation, what should you do next?

We got answers from Scotlund Haisley, who has more experience with dog fighting than he’d like. In the 25 years since he began working in animal protection, Haisley has been a part of dozens of dog fighting rescue operations. He helped lead a 2009 multi-state bust that rescued more than 400 dogs, and also helped oversee the care of 11 of the most behaviorally and physically injured dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad News Kennels.

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