The date designated by the ASPCA as Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Sadly, dog fighting is more prevalent than most of us realize. From major urban areas to the most rural of locales, criminals engage in this horrific blood sport.
The ASPCA compiled multiple resources on their website, but one article everyone should read is Ten Ways to Help End Dog Fighting. I agree with all the points, but there are three I find particularly important:
Support stronger laws-a good place to start learning about current legislation and particular needs is on the ASPCA’s advocacy page. You’ll find lists of pending actions, urgent needs, and recent victories. Not only should those running the dog fighting rings be prosecuted and incarcerated, laws regarding spectators need to be stronger as well, particularly spectators who bring children to these events.
Protect your pets-know who is in your neighborhood. Make sure your pets always have supervision even in your own fenced backyard. Just last week a local family’s puppy was shot and killed inside the family’s fence. Never, ever, ever rehome a pet free on Craigslist.
Educate others-share the resources on ASPCA with your friends, family, and neighbors. If you see suspicious activity on your street, let your neighbors know.
Together we can can make a difference in the lives of countless dogs forced to fight or die, but only if we #gettough.