Dog fighting has been illegal for almost 200 years but shockingly there have still been almost 8000 cases reported to the RSPCA over the last 4 years.
Dog fighting is a cruel sport which sets dogs against each other. They cause each other significant injuries, often fatal. Injured dogs rarely receive any veterinary attention. Dogs which do not show the required level of aggression may be used as bait dogs to encourage other dogs to attack them, and cats may also be used as bait.
How can I recognise dog fighting going on?
- Dogs are often of bull terrier or mastiff-types, with illegal Pit Bull terriers being the most often used
- Dogs are often chained up on short chains, they may be kept in small kennels or basements
- Many dogfighters use treadmills to exercise their dogs, the dogs may be chained onto these to force them to work.
- Dogs with lots of scarring, particularly around the face
- Bull terrier-type dogs with docked tails or cropped ears (illegal in the UK)
- Areas which have been used for dog fighting may have blood-staining. There may also be strong blood-stained sticks which are used to break a dog’s bite.
- People encouraging dogs to hang onto a tyre or other rubber object hanging from a tree or pole
- Veterinary supplies outside of a veterinary practice
What should I do if I suspect dog fighting?
Contact the Police on 101 (if active fighting is not going on), or 999 in an emergency.
Call the RSPCA’s cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999