The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has been investigating reports of dogfighting in the area. Last weekend SCRAPS issued a press release regarding a dog with extensive injuries that had to be euthanized.
WARNING: The press release has some disturbing language regarding the injuries to the dog SCRAPS found:
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service continues to investigate a possible dog-fighting ring in the City of Spokane Valley.
Earlier this month, an animal protection officer responded to a call at Trentwood Elementary. The officer found a pit bull tied to a dumpster covered in blood.
The animal was taken to a veterinarian who saw old injuries as well as new wounds, indicating this dog may have been involved in a series of dog fights.
Unfortunately, the extent of the injuries was so severe that the dog had to be euthanized.
SCRAPS is asking any persons with information to please call them immediately at (509) 477-2532. Animal Cruelty 1st Degree (R.C.W. 16.52.2) and Animal Fighting (R.C.W. 16.52.117) are class C Felonies, punishable by five-years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Since the story was released, 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 contacted SCRAPS today and have donated another $1,750, increasing the reward to a total of $4,250.
For more information, contact SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532 or go to www.spokanecounty.org/scraps.
Signs of Dog Fighting Activity
- 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