For those of you who believe it’s acceptable behavior for your pets to reproduce, read this..
This is kitten season, or puppy season. Your cat or dog reproduces, and you figure you’ll just give away any of the unwanted by advertising on Craigslist or in the local paper. You’ve heard it’s a good way to find a good home for the little ones. Think again.
Don’t be fooled, because there’s a good chance your sweet little unwanted litter will be used as bait for a dog fighting ring. In reality, by giving away free pets, you may be supporting organized crime.
Dog-fighters use free and stolen cats and dogs as “bait” to train their dogs.
This remark, which can be found in many online websites, sums up what may be happening to many freebie pets, as well as pets that go missing. A dog-fighter stated
“The hardest thing is to get enough dogs and cats to use as bait during training. One good source is to check the local newspapers for ads that offer a pet dog or cat for free. My wife dresses up neatly and collects them for me. If that source is running dry, I just hire some local gang kids to fetch me dogs and cats. They scour the backyards and alleys and take whatever number of animals we need. They make sure that they leave the doors or gates open, so people just believe that they accidentally left them unlatched and that’s how their animals got out and got lost.”
This is a very scary situation for pet owners, especially those who have dogs and cats who live outdoors. We like to think our dogs are safe if they’re in a secure fence. It’s very hard to imagine anyone wanting to harm an innocent cat or kitten, but this world is full of people out to make a dollar any way they can. Dog-fighting is big business. Therefore, training a champion fight dog is considered an investment.
According to the Facebook page Prevent Classifieds providing bait dogs
“Its well known in dog welfare circles that illegal dog fighting rings get their bait dogs from classifieds, they do not discriminate and use large and small dogs- puppies- kittens -Any nature, it isn’t necessary for the animal to be aggressive – its just a canine punchbag after all – in fact any living creature for their fighting dog to practice on.”
Bait animals are described as animals who are tied up while the dogs tear them apart or sometimes they are confined in an area to be chased and mauled by the dogs.
The Animal Legal and Historical Center website offers a wealth of information on any subject pertaining to pets or livestock. Here’s what they say about dog-fighting.
“Dog fighting is an insidious underground organized crime that deserves much legal and political scrutiny. The blood sport, once sanctioned by aristocracy, embraced by medieval gentry and later promoted by colonial and Victorian miscreants, is now completely outlawed in the United States. Many are heavily involved in organized crime, racketeering, drug distribution, or gangs, and they arrange and attend the fights as a forum for gambling and drug trafficking. Within the last decade, enlightened law enforcement agencies and government officials have become cognizant of the clandestine culture of dog-fighting and its nexus with other crimes and community violence.”
A lot of people are in denial about the large number of dog-fighting promoters who sponsor fights. One reason is because these fights are still very secretive. Many times police accidentally come across fight dogs (or bait dogs) when searching the property for an unrelated reason.
Police aren’t likely to investigate missing pets. Not unless quite a few go missing from an area, and perhaps not even then, This is a subject that’s best discussed between pet parents, to keep our dogs and cats safe.
Please share this article with friends who have animals who live outdoors, or who offer their pets using Craigslist or the freebie section of the local paper.
Spay or neuter your pet to prevent unwanted litters. If you do have a litter you need to find a home for, at least get a vet reference from a potential adopter and check it out before handing over any animal.
For those of you with dogs, it’s suggested you get a lock for the gate so your dog can’t be turned loose by just anyone who happens to walk by. Keep your dog inside the home if at all possible. Especially when you’re not at home.
And remember, dog-fighters looking for bait animals are going to look nice when they pick up your pet. Don’t be deceived by a wolf in sheep’s clothing.