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Reporting Dog Fighting
Dog Fighting

“Man’s best friend” may fight to the death in dogfights, often with tens of thousands of dollars at stake. Dogfighters sometimes kill the losing dogs, and even winning dogs may die from their wounds. Police often discover drugs, guns, and even murder in connection with dogfights.

What is dogfighting?
Dogfighting is a sadistic "contest" in which two dogs—specifically bred, conditioned, and trained to fight—are placed in a pit (generally a small arena enclosed by plywood walls) to fight each other for the spectators' entertainment and gambling.

Fights average one to two hours, ending one of the dogs will not or cannot continue. In addition to these organized dogfights, street dogfights are a problem in many urban areas.

Street dogfighting remains a problem in urban areas. Dog owners seeking status or bragging rights stage impromptu fights in back alleys or basements.
 - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Find out more about Dog Fighting and its history:
Dog Fighting Fact Sheet - HSUS
Dog Fighting - HSUS
Dog Fighting - ASPCA

There are two ways of helping to bring this horrible "contest" to an end right here in your own city:
Contact CMPD's Crime Stoppers to report any suspicious activities.
Contact The Humane Society of the United States to report dog fighting.

*The HSUS and Crime Stoppers offer cash rewards only when tips lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a dog fighting or cock fighting investigation.*

Some indications on what to look for:

  • Dogs with scarring
    • Keep in mind that there are legitimate people who adopted/rescued Pit Bulls that have been involved in fighting rings. These dogs will have scars but are no longer fighting.
  • Multiple dogs separated on the property
    • Fighting dogs are to be kept separate and would not be running around the back yard with each other. If there are two/three dogs in a fenced in area running around with each other being barking at passerby’s doesn't mean that they are fighting dogs. These dogs could just be territorial.
  • Multiple dogs being rotated on the property. Example: One week there is a black dog and a red dog then three weeks later there is a blue dog and beige dog.
  • Significantly heavy logging chains restraining the dogs.
    • There could be dogs on logging chains that are not used for fighting. Regardless, the tethering law does not permit dogs to be on logging chains at all and can be reported via 311 as well. To learn more about the tethering law (what is and is not permitted) visit the Tethering Page.
  • Dogs restrained in the woods behind and away from the house (generally not typical for a everyday dog owner).
  • Training equipment such as treadmills, break sticks, tires or spring poles hanging from trees.
    • Some Pit Bull (or other bully breed) owners have break sticks in their homes. This does not mean that they fight their dogs but it is more of a measure to break up accidental fights between their dogs.
  • Dogs with weighted collars or weighted vest.
  • People coming and going at odd hours from the house and/or transporting dogs to and from the house at odd hours.