Trained Dog Fights

In the early winter of 2004, we found our beagle, Biscuit, with her one remaining puppy near a creek outside of our property line. Biscuit had managed to keep her tiny black puppy alive for four weeks in spite of bitter cold temperatures.

We fostered this puppy until she was about eight weeks old at which time we gave her to the family next door. They have a young daughter, so we thought we were doing a good thing.

They named the puppy Dixie. I offered to have Dixie spayed but they declined. Looking back, I would have done things so much differently, but I learned many valuable lessons.

By this time, rumors had abounded throughout our neighborhood that the man next door was making money by fighting dogs. People claimed that late at night he was below his property in the light of a bonfire and that the screams of dogs could plainly be heard. Though no hard evidence has been presented by anyone to date, the entire neighborhood, and a few members of our police department are convinced this is true.

The remaining puppies, plus three of the four adult dogs this family keeps frequently came to our house. At first, I believed it was to visit, since we love animals and we welcome other peoples pets onto our property, within reason.

The other seven, however were always dirty, neglected and hungry.

A few days prior to this writing, two of the puppies, Teddy Bear and Rudy followed my daughter to our home right after school. This was fine until they got into a fight. In trying to stop the fight, my daughter was bit.

I yelled at my son to get inside and had him call 911. I remained with the dogs and a broom. I was not successful in stopping this fight.

Rudy somehow managed to get up and go home.

I explained what happened, explained that my daughter had been bitten by one of his dogs on our property and that I was concerned that since dogs are not born with this type of fighting in him, that the neighbors suspicions that he in fact was fighting dogs might be true.

Had this been his daughter, and had my dog been the one on his property, my dog would be gone right now and I’d be cooling my heels in jail. That’s how this man operates. He and his young daughter love to threaten to sue everyone for the smallest of infractions, but when it comes time to take responsibility, they are the very first to say we’re all telling lies and that they are going to sue.

Again, while I have no proof that these dogs were trained to fight, these are my suspicions as to why they are:

Were this man as innocent as he claimed, he would have immediately offered an apology for what happened, asked if my daughter was O.K. and then immediately took steps to ensure it would not happen again. Instead, he went into his house and the dogs remained free to wander at will.

All of the dogs are skittish. Dixie was not skittish for many months, but now she shies away from even us at times. Dogs that aren’t socialized are skittish, afraid and can become aggressive without warning in some situations.

Dogs that are caged for long periods of time build up energy. Many people will chain their hunting dogs up until it’s time to hunt. The more energy the dog has to burn, the more aggressive they are when they hunt. This same principle applies to the fighting of dogs.

The same holds true for trained fighting dogs. Either the owner will kill the dog or another dog will. All the dog knows is fighting, aggression, and anger and it won’t rest until it kills again or it goes insane.

I wonder something, though. How many more people will have to be hurt before the police do their job? Not only was my daughter bit by one of his dogs, I was also bit last summer. I still have the nerve damage to show for it. Moreover, the police did not say a word about placing Teddy Bear in quarantine to check for rabies after he bit my daughter.

If you are a dog fighter, or know someone who is, please ask them two questions:

It is my opinion that in the end, when it comes to dog fighting, no one emerges as a winner.

She writes frequently on issues of child abuse, mental health and animal issues.

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