Possible Dog Fight Ring In Spokane; Reward Offered
2012-08-29 20:31:00 -0700
Where: E. 14701 Wellesley Ave. Spokane, WA 99216, United States
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) continues to investigate a possible dog-fighting ring in the City of Spokane Valley.
Earlier this month, an animal protection officer, Emylee Tolliver responded to a call at Trentwood Elementary where she found a pit bull tied to a dumpster and covered in blood. The dog had deep bite marks, lacerations and severe injuries and had to be humanely euthanized.
The amount of blood at the scene indicated the blood was not from just the one dog. Tolliver believes the dog was part of a dog fighting ring, and believes the fight took place right at the elementary school grounds.
Tolliver says in her 16 years there has been one local conviction for dog fighting, but she sees a handful of suspected cases every year. "We come across evidence of it more often than people would like to think," she added.
SCRAPS is asking any persons with information to please call them immediately at (509) 477-2532.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal cruelty. In addition, private citizens have also donated $1,750 to SCRAPS, increasing the reward to a total of $4,250.
SCRAPS also released information to help people identify signs of dog fighting activity in their neighborhoods. These signs include:
- Multiple pit bulls in one yard with locked and/or privacy fences. Dogs are individually tied out, unable to reach other dogs.
- Dogs wearing tight thick collars.
- Dogs with scars on head, throat, legs, and ears
- Tires or pieces of leather suspended several feet off the ground from trees to provide jaw-strengthening activities
- Treadmills for exercising dogs
- Materials dog fighting pits are made out of: plywood panels with blood splatter, blood stained carpets
- Dogs leashed with heavy chains to metal posts in the ground with or without weights on their collars
- Dogs frequently being moved in cages from a house
- Dogs and people coming and going frequently from a site and gathered in "unusual" places such as an abandoned house, empty warehouse, residential basement, and barns
- Dogs forced to pull heavy items such as chains and tire rims to strengthen muscles
- Extreme, uncontrollable aggression towards other animals, especially other dogs