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07-27-2007 06:39 PM #1
Dog fighting in my area
By Jeff Neumeyer
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The criminal case against Atlanta football star Michael Vick is shining a spotlight on a problem with a history in this area as well.
Fort Wayne Animal Control officials say the profit potential in dog fighting makes it much more than a sadistic hobby.
The allegations against Vick have brought dog fighting out of the shadows, but Chad Schiebel says don't be fooled into thinking it's an isolated problem.
We were shown two treadmills used to train and condition pit bulls for fighting, items that were confiscated by Fort Wayne Animal Control enforcement officers.
Schiebel says on a routine basis in this area, you can find people running, watching and betting on dog fights, including some professional events where 20 to 30-thousand dollars are riding on the outcomes.
Supervisor Chad Schiebel/Animal Control Enforcement: "Yes, there's people that grow up and are hobbyists and do this for an image of being the big man on the block with the toughest dog. But there also is a very big money incentive in this."
Schiebel says about one in five dogs taken in by the Fort Wayne shelter are aggressive, even dangerous, pit bulls that are discarded by their owners.
NEUMEYER: "Not only does dog fighting occur in Allen County, but three times in the last four years, individuals have been arrested and convicted on dog fighting charges."
Investigators need only find evidence of scarred animals and dog fighting tools such as weighing scales or sticks used to separate dogs locked in combat in order to work up criminal cases.
And in Indiana, spectators and those betting on dogfights are also subject to felony charges, because they promote dog-fighting confrontations.
Chad Schiebel: "It's absolutely cruel, it's a despicable act of violence on a dog."
I've lived here for 21 years and have never heard about any busts in dog fighting. Not saying it doesn't happen, but I also hardly see any pit bulls here either. They've supposedly had 3 busts in the past 4 years. I never heard one story on either of the 3 busts. People are sure jumping on the dog fighting bandwagon now. They havea video link to the story also on the same page.
07-27-2007 07:06 PM #2FearlessKnight Guest
Re: Dog fighting in my areaWe were shown two treadmills used to train and condition pit bulls for fighting, items that were confiscated by Fort Wayne Animal Control enforcement officers.
07-27-2007 07:13 PM #3
Re: Dog fighting in my areaOriginally Posted by FearlessKnight
I agree, when I toke a read in this part... oh, man... what stupidy...
07-27-2007 07:15 PM #4Choice Member
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Re: Dog fighting in my areaInvestigators need only find evidence of scarred animals and dog fighting tools such as weighing scales or sticks used to separate dogs locked in combat in order to work up criminal cases
07-27-2007 07:20 PM #5
Re: Dog fighting in my areaOriginally Posted by miakoda
07-28-2007 07:21 AM #6Unregistered Guest
Re: Dog fighting in my areaOriginally Posted by Highbloodbulldog