In June, NJ.com reported that the FBI charged nine people who were involved in a dog-fighting network which reportedly spanned from New Mexico to New Jersey.
The dog-fighting ring involved the use of pit bull dogs that were specifically trained to fight to the death.
The video shown is not related to the dog-fighting ring in this article, but the situation is similar.
The NJ.com report quotes U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in his view of the kind of danger that this dog-fighting ring presents to the public.
“There is no place in New Jersey — or anywhere else, for that matter — for a vicious blood sport like dog-fighting. Not only is it unspeakably cruel to the animals that are raised to participate in dog fighting, but animals trained in this way can be extremely dangerous to the public.”
Now the same news service is specifically reporting on the New Jersey case where a 47-year old Millville man, identified as Robert A. Elliot, Sr., has also been charged as owner of 10 of the 13 pit bulls found on the property during the arrest a few months back.
The description of what they found on the property provides details of how they were conditioning the pit bulls for dog fighting, saying that they were kept in pens in a wooded area and/or shipping crates in a basement on site as well as being chained up.
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The members of the dog-fighting network kept “veterinarian equipment, dog pedigree printouts, a stand used for breeding and sticks used to pry open dog mouths.”
Included with the bust, there was pedigree information found onsite which showed that the dogs were bred from lines of other fighting dogs, showing that this was a network in more than one sense.
Another report by NJ1015 about the dog-fighting ring’s methods provides even more disturbing details.
“Police also found a stand referred to as a ‘rape rack,’ designed to immobilize a female dog during breeding, as well as a box filled with veterinary medications, needles, catheters, sutures, IV bags and a skin stapler. Authorities also found supplements to boost the dogs’ testosterone and make them more aggressive.”
Needless to say, these reports reveal something far more sinister in the dog-fighting network’s determination to dominate in the illegal money-making operation.
The argument about the banning of pit bulls is consistently a circular one, where those who are anti-pit bull and the organizations that mobilize around them are of the idea that the “breed” of dog is dangerous to the point where they have pushed for legislation to ban or even have all pit bulls — or dogs that look like them — euthanized.
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A few reports by the Inquisitr describes this kind of mobilization against these dogs coming from an unusual place, and another pointing out how some lawmakers are taking steps to prevent communities from enacting broad, sweeping ordinances to prevent people from keeping a dog based on what they look like.
In the Inquisitr article about the legislation in Michigan, Richard Angelo of the Best Friends’ Animal Society presented a different argument in defense of pit bull owners, which looked at the infringement of their rights.
“Breed specific laws ‘infringe on responsible pet owner property rights. Anyone should be able to own a dog regardless how that dog looks. The best ordinances always focus on individual dogs and reckless owners.'”
Many reports filed on problem dogs show consistent lack of care, or extreme punishment even though they’re not trained for dog fighting, which also builds aggression.
Even the culture of aggression itself appears to be influential enough, however, where owners select dogs in order to look tough and for protection, which also creates an environment of aggression contributing to reports of mauling and dog attacks.
All news coverage over the New Jersey dog-fighting ring says that some of the dogs were ill when they found them; others were scarred and injured and are now being cared for by the Humane Society of the United States.
[Photo by Colin Hackley/AP Images for The Humane Society of the United States]