Huge Numbers Of Children Exposed To Dog Fights
‘I ASKED HOW MANY CHILDREN HAD WITNESSED DOG FIGHTS, EVERY HAND IN THE ROOM WENT UP’.
By Sergeant Steve Brownstein of the Chicago Police Department:
“I have been a Chicago Police Officer for over 13 years, mostly in high crime areas. Over the last decade, an increasing number of gang members nationwide have turned to illegal dog fighting.
Although dog fighting is a felony here in in Illinois, it is done with disturbing frequency. This practice is not only cruel to dogs, it’s harmful for children. Recently, when I spoke before a group of fifth and sixth graders and asked how many children had witnessed dog fights, every hand in the room went up.
Dog fighting is a bloody, gruesome spectacle in which one animal tears the other apart.
When dogs lose fights, owners who are angry about losing money on them often throw their animals into garbage dumps or put them into vacant apartments to die slow, agonizing deaths from infection, starvation, or dehydration.
I have recovered many such dogs, still alive, in varying states of mutilation. I have seen a Rottweiler mix breed with the skin of her face torn off; a pit bull puppy whose stomach was ripped open, a shepherd mix breed whose penis was shreds, and corpses of dogs who were burned alive for losing fights.
Children emulate the violence. I have had to stop children trying to make dogs fight, and I know of a group that swung a puppy around by a rope, snapping its neck.
One fifth grader, describing to me in graphic detail a pit bull fight to which his uncle took him, told me that when the terrified losing dog urinated and defecated upon itself before it died, he was the only one in the crowd who did not explode with laughter.”
Image: Injured, suffering and unloved: “Please take me away from the dog fighters and just love me”.