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What Do You REALLY Know About Dog Fighting?

April 8 is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Designated by the ASPCA, the day is designed to educate us about what dog fighting is and how we can stop it.


dog fighters start training dogs as pups (photo from ASPCA)

Here are some interesting facts about dog fighting:

Dog fighting became popular in the US in the late 1800’s. Many police officers and firefighters were participants. That’s why the New York legislature gave Henry Bergh (founder of ASPCA) law enforcement powers- they knew he couldn’t depend on law enforcement for support.

While some dog fighters are “street fighters” who starve and beat their dogs to get them to become aggressive, the hobbyist and professional dog fighters invest in their dogs. They breed for aggressiveness, provide good nutrition and veterinary care for their dogs, and exercise and train them. And it pays off financially. Professional fights can earn big payouts for winning dogs both in purse and in breeding fees.

Stolen dogs may end up in a number of places, including in the hands of dog fighters. They’re used as bait dogs for fighters. It’s why you should never allow your dog outside unsupervised.

The reason more dog fighters aren’t arrested has to do with money. It takes lots of money to care for the dogs, who must be kept as evidence for the trial, and many communities simply cannot afford to do that without assistance from groups like the ASPCA.

Dogs rescued from dog fights are not like other dogs. Despite the hype about how the Vick dogs were rehabilitated, you can’t just adopt one and treat it like any other dog. As I said, these dogs are bred to be aggressive. And just because the dog isn’t aggressive today doesn’t mean it won’t be tomorrow. Also, former fight dogs are sometimes stolen and returned to the fighting world, so fostering a former fight dog is not something you want to brag about.

fighting dogs are kept on heavy chains to make them strong (photo by ASPCA)

fighting dogs are kept on heavy chains to make them strong (photo by ASPCA)

Want to learn more about dog fighting? Then attend tomorrow’s Google+ hangout from 7-8 PM Eastern time. The event will be monitored by ABC News’ Dan Harris. You can submit questions on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook using #NDFAD.

Find out how much you know about dog fighting when you take the ASPCA’s Dog Fighting Awareness Quiz.

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31 thoughts on “What Do You REALLY Know About Dog Fighting?

  1. One of the most beastly and evil enterpises along with cock fighting……….sickening to the soul 😦

    Posted by fozziemum | April 7, 2014, 6:04 AM
  2. Thank you for the reminder! 🙂

    Posted by marina kanavaki | April 7, 2014, 6:17 AM
  3. Reblogged this on marina kanavaki and commented:
    April 8 is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day.
    Thank you, Rumpy for the reminder! 😉

    Visit ASPCA’s page on dofighting:

    Posted by marina kanavaki | April 7, 2014, 6:24 AM
  4. It’s a scary world!

    Posted by 25castleson25clouds | April 7, 2014, 7:34 AM
  5. It’s such a cruelty thing and for people who like to place a bet on a dog fight or who like to watch it, are just s..ck.

    Posted by easyweimaraner | April 7, 2014, 8:18 AM
  6. I abhor Dog fighting.. So so cruel… and I have reposted via Google your article Via Marina’s reblog … xxx Sue

    Posted by Sue Dreamwalker | April 7, 2014, 8:20 AM
  7. I think it’s wonderful you posted this! So many people are still unaware of how often this really takes place and the cruelty that these dogs suffer at the hands of dogfighters!
    As the parent of two pit bulls (both rescues) I try every day to try and make people understand that this is not typical dog behavior. That this is not something that’s just encoded in their DNA. That the dogs are actually the victims and the people behind it are low life criminals!
    Keep up the good work!!!

    Posted by anamculbertson | April 7, 2014, 9:16 AM
  8. I just recently read where someone was arrested in our state for hosting dog fighting. It’s sickening.

    Posted by mariodacat | April 7, 2014, 9:18 AM
  9. So sad….dogs are not human toys…. 😦

    Posted by eripanwkevin | April 7, 2014, 9:38 AM
  10. We are actually doing a special one time blog hop tomorrow to try and help raise awareness for National dog fighting awareness day. Thanks for the info!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | April 7, 2014, 10:25 AM
  11. My daughter and her Scottie were attacked by a pit bull over the weekend. The people had found the dog anf thought that it would be a good companion for their other pit. It was a very expensive lessons.

    Posted by corkscot | April 7, 2014, 1:56 PM
  12. The thought of any animal or bird made to fight makes me physically ill.
    I know enough. I can not bear to think about it too much.
    Michael Vick is a jack*ss & I wish he was not allowed back to play in the NFL.
    People like him should be punished far harder!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

    Posted by Nylabluesmum | April 7, 2014, 4:38 PM
  13. I wanted him to be coated with grease and put in the midst of the lions at the local zoo but my husband told me that was not a nice thought. I then showed him several videos from groups rescuing these dogs and he wept. He used to be a big fan of vick because they went to the same university. Now, he is ashamed of vick. I feel for these animals because it is like, little hope for them. I am glad you and your fur brothers and sisters are safe and don’t have to be afraid.

    Posted by kanzensakura | April 7, 2014, 6:44 PM
  14. Reblogged this on kanzen sakura and commented:
    Please pass along this information from Rumpy. If we work at it, this is one evil we may be able to curtail. thank you.

    Posted by kanzensakura | April 7, 2014, 6:45 PM
  15. Oh makes my blood freeze!

    Posted by cindy knoke | April 7, 2014, 10:36 PM
  16. It’s hard to understand how some humans can get pleasure from something so vile.

    Posted by Clowie | April 8, 2014, 4:42 AM
  17. Terrific post! Thanks so much for joining us in this special Tuesday’s Tails blog hop.

    Posted by Sue | April 8, 2014, 6:01 AM
  18. So incredibly sad what the dogs have to go through … our hearts and prayers go out to these poor animals.
    Dogs have nothing but love in their hearts, but when they are mistreated for the gain of the owner, it just hurts us. Thanks to rumpydog for sharing this information.

    Posted by Whirly Dog Supplies | April 8, 2014, 8:07 AM
  19. Thank you for linking up to our blog hop today Rumpy.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | April 8, 2014, 8:19 AM
  20. This saddens and angers me to no end. So hard to understand how people gain from a poor helpless dog’s suffering.

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | April 8, 2014, 9:02 AM
  21. We need to stand up and be there voice.


    Posted by Sheba's life story. | April 8, 2014, 10:53 AM
  22. Awesome post! Thanks for joining in to be the voice! i shared.

    Posted by M. K. Clinton | April 8, 2014, 12:05 PM
  23. Thank you for joining the blog hop! This is such an important cause!

    Posted by Dogs N Pawz | April 8, 2014, 1:10 PM
  24. Thanks for joining the blog hop..so sad to see these puppies tied up. There was just a big dogfighting bust in Milwaukee – we need a lot more of these…wasn’t able to join in the Google + hangout but I’m hoping we’ve all created awareness and resources to share.

    Posted by Sarah at LolaThePitty.com | April 8, 2014, 9:15 PM
  25. Thank you for the great info on such an important cause. Great post! ~Rascal and Rocco

    Posted by L. E. Mastilock | April 9, 2014, 11:46 AM
  26. Everyone says dogs are stupid (they’re not!) but really, lots of the time-humans are the stupid ones. It’s just purely horrible to keep a dog (stolen, bred, brought, etc….) in such cruel conditions just so you can set them to fight. And for what? So you can earn some cash, when there are plenty of other legal ways to earn money. It’s inhuman. 😦
    But still, great post and thanks for informing me more about the depressing subject. However, it’s comforting to know that there are lots and lots of people to there who agree with me, and are trying their hardest to put a stop to it. 🙂

    Posted by epicaldragon13 | May 2, 2014, 10:47 AM


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