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September 02, 2010

10 Things you can do to stop dog fighting

10 Things To Do If You Suspect Dog Fighting

1. Contact the police or your local animal control officer. Provide as much information as you can without putting yourself in danger. In other words, don’t try to investigate; that’s what the police do. Simply report the date and time you noticed something wrong, the address or location, and what led you to believe there was dog fighting going on – for instance, an unusually high number of cars nearby (write down license plate numbers if they’re easily visible from a safe location), sounds of violence or crowd noises (as if at a sporting event).

2. Call the Humane Society of the United States’ toll-free tip line at:
(877) 847-4787 to report your suspicion.

3. Report abandoned buildings to your local housing authority or the police. In urban areas, they are often used for dog fighting as well as City parks that Gang's are gathering in.

4. Protect your pets. Dog fighters sometimes steal them to use as bait dogs. Don’t let yours outside without supervision, and make sure they have proper identification tags and are microchipped. Report pet theft in your area.

5. Alert the local media! Your local newspaper and television station are always looking for stories, especially investigative ones. You don’t have to give them your name. Also encourage local media to air public service announcements on dog fighting. Every news station has an investigative reporter looking to become Famous!

6. Keep reporting your suspicion until you’re satisfied that it’s been checked out. It’s okay to make a nuisance of yourself if it means shutting down a dog-fighting operation.

7. Start a community watch group.Get the neighborhood children involved in watching out for stray or loose dogs.

8. Contact your state representative or senator about dog-fighting legislation at the state level, or talk to your city council and mayor about enacting a local ordinances.

9. Provide positive reinforcement to police and prosecutors who charge dog fighters. Let them know you appreciate their efforts.

10. Remember that you have something all elected officials want – your vote.

This dog was only four months old when he was tied to a stake and used as bait to teach other dogs how to fight. Get involved and end this cruel world of dog-fighting. 

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