Today, dog fighting is completely illegal in the United States. Although that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take place illegally. Many underground dogfights are organized as a form of gambling or entertainment. There are many reasons that people may be drawn to dog fighting, the main reason is for the money. Major dogfights have resulted in more than $500,000, and it’s not uncommon for $15,000 – $30,000 to change hands in a single fight. Usually, the puppies that are trained from the more promising bloodlines bring in the biggest amount of money. Dog Fighting is making a comeback in a huge way in the U.
S. It is estimated that there are on average around 16,000 dogs that are killed each year because they have been bred to fight for gambling or entertainment in these organized dog fights, and that number will continue to grow if we don’t put an end to it. The Federal Canine Sports Fighting Task Force reports that it is a growing problem in each and every state in the United States and they fear that without the help of good citizens, the growth of this “sport” is not going to slow down for us anytime soon. Many dog breeds were developed in an attempt to come up with the ultimate fighting machine, with the biggest chance to win.
A good dog for fighting is usually large, low, courageous and still have enough game to get in the ring and fight, but also to be loving and peaceful towards humans. The dogs who are most commonly bred for fighting are generally the Akita Inu, American Pit, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Neapolitan Mastiff, and many others. Dogs who are used for the fighting are usually penned and chained.
Many of the dogs are taunted or even starved in order to trigger their extreme survival instincts and encourage their aggression. Just since 2010, there have been 168 reported cases of ongoing dogfights, and those are just the ones that we know about. There are many different tools that can be used in order to train a dog for fighting. For example, treadmills, dogs would be made to run in place in order to increase cardiovascular fitness. Catmill, dogs are chained to a pole and forced to chase a piece of bait in circles.
Spring Pole, dogs strengthen their jaws by dangling from a piece of hide on a rope. Chains, the dogs have chains wrapped around their necks during all of these tasks used to increase upper body strength. Lastly drugs, vitamins, and supplements.
Dogs are given performance-enhancing supplements like liver extract, vitamin B12, creatine monohydrate, steroids, and speed. Fights can take place in a variety of different locations and at any given time. They may be hosted in streets, back allies, or at carefully planned at a staged location that is specifically designed and maintained for the purpose. Usually, the fight takes place in a pit that is between 15 and 20 feet square, with sides that may be made of plywood, hay bales, chain link or anything else that can keep the animals from finding a way out. The flooring could be dirt, wood, carpet or sawdust.In a more organized fight, the dogs will be weighed to make sure they are approximately the same weight.
Handlers will often wash and examine the opponent’s dog to remove any toxic substances that may have been placed on the fur in an attempt to deter or harm the opposing dog. At the start of a fight, the dogs are released from opposite corners and usually meet in the middle, wrestling to get a hold of the opponent. If they do, the dogs grab and shake to inflict maximum damage. Handlers are not permitted to touch the dogs except when told to do so by the referee.Fights can last just a few minutes or several hours. Both animals may suffer injuries, including puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, crushing injuries and broken bones.
Although fights are not usually to the death, many dogs succumb to their injuries later.Unless they have had a good history of past performance or come from valuable bloodlines, losing dogs are often discarded, killed or simply left with their injuries untreated. If the losing dog is perceived to be a particular embarrassment to the reputation or status of its owner, it may be executed in a particularly brutal fashion as part of the “entertainment.”