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Dog Fighting, What is a Bait Animal?

Why is dog fighting so cruel. How are fighting dogs trained. What are bait animals. Why should people not give kittens away for free. Why should people not give puppies away for free.

You may have heard about dog fighting and are well aware of the cruelty of pitting one dog against another in a blood sport for human entertainment. You may have heard of an another extreme dog fight event, known as trunking, were two dogs are shut into the back of a car trunk and fight for survival. What most people are unaware of, is how fighting dogs are trained, and the cruelty of “bait animals”.

Imagine you give away your unwanted cat to a stranger. They appear nice and take the time to play with the cat. The take the cat and are gone. You are thrilled to be rid of the cat, and wonder if it had a good life... With any luck it did, but in areas where dog fighting is common, chances are high that your cat became a bait animal.

Bait animals are used to determine if a fighting dog has what it takes, if it is vicious, and aggressive. They are also used to build up a fighting dogs skill. Bunnies, kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs, are all used as bait animals. Sometimes bait animals are stolen, but more often than not, they are obtained free and legally by people who respond to “Free to Good Home” ads.

Bait animals are often abused prior to being placed with the fighting dog. They may have their teeth pulled, or have their mouth taped shut with duct tape. The bait animals are treated this way to prevent them from doing any damage to the fighting dog.

The bait animals may be tormented prior to being placed with the fighting dog, particularly if it is a puppy or dog, this is to get the bait animal in an aggressive position to entice the fighting dog to attack.

Needless to say the bait animals have no chance of survival. If only mauled, but still alive, they are used again, until they are either killed, or seen as useless and are destroyed.

How to Prevent Your Pet from becoming a Bait Animal

If you are giving away kittens, puppies, or adult pets, never assume that the person who wants them wants them as pets. Be very suspicious of a person who will not give you their phone number, or who does not ask about the animals vaccination history. Be very suspicious of a person who does not tell you a lot about themselves, where they live, or why they want a pet. Ask if you can do a quick “home check”.

Keep your pet safe. People will steal pets right out of their yard, but are more likely to pick up “stray” pets, cats and dogs who are loose roaming the streets out of their owners yard.

If you find a lost pet and place an ad saying you have found a pet, be certain the person coming to claim it can prove they own the pet, such as showing you a picture of it.

Summary

Dog fighting is a horrid sport. Until it is stopped we all must remember that this sport uses, and abuses, many animals – not just the fighting dogs. We must try to keep our pets safe.

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Comments (10)

This information is shocking, but needs to be told to the world. Thank you for always informing us about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Voted up!

I really enjoyed reading this great article.thanks Brenda for raising this important issue

Absolutely terrible any human parasite would use a bait animal. Who could be capable of such a cruel thing? Dog fighting is oneo of the worst things out there.

Your a better person than me Brenda, I find impossible to write about subjects that upset me, especially when animals are concerned. Although this is a terrible thing that people should be aware of.

I'm so touched by this article since I am an animal lover. My dogs at home are treated like family members.

I could not read this because of the contents, but I know you handled this subject with skill ,determination and did it well. I have read enough of your articles to say these things.

Donna S.

Thanks for this informative article. My husband's co-worker and his wife adopted a cat who had been used as a bait animal in dog fights. The poor kitty is missing an eye and is a bit skittish, even about a year later. He is gradually warming up to his owners with each day. I was so appalled when they told me his story. I felt terrible for that kitty, as well as the five poor dogs that were found in a basement. I don't want to divulge all details here about how animal control linked the cat to a dog fighting ring which they eventually busted up, because I don't want miscreants to know how they can be caught. I want the investigations and arrests to follow. I nearly broke down in tears to hear about how these animals are being abused.

Donna S.

Thanks for this informative article. My husband's co-worker and his wife adopted a cat who had been used as a bait animal in dog fights. The poor kitty is missing an eye and is a bit skittish, even about a year later. He is gradually warming up to his owners with each day. I was so appalled when they told me his story. I felt terrible for that kitty, as well as the five poor dogs that were found in a basement. I don't want to divulge all details here about how animal control linked the cat to a dog fighting ring which they eventually busted up, because I don't want miscreants to know how they can be caught. I want the investigations and arrests to follow. I nearly broke down in tears to hear about how these animals are being abused.

Very sad. We found our one dog on the street and suspect he was a bait dog. It was recommended that he be put down, but we didn't have the heart to do it. He was so young and had too many wounds to count. Very severe damage and he has lots of scars and some issues, but he's a good dog and I love him so much. Have had him for 10 years now, the poor baby. xo

Donna S.

Bethany, that is wonderful that you rescued your dog and have had him for the past ten years. The world would be a better place if more people were like you, and more stories would have happier endings. Dog fighting is so deplorable, I can't stomach it.

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