The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has been investigating reports of dog fighting in the area. Last weekend SCRAPS issued a press release regarding a dog with extensive injuries that they euthanized.
WARNING: The press release has some disturbing language regarding the injuries to the dog SCRAPS found:
Possible Dog Fighting Ring in Spokane Area
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.
They took the animal veterinarian who saw old injuries as well as new wounds.
Unfortunately, they euthanized the dog due to the severity of its injuries.
$2500 Reward for Information about Dog Fighting
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. They 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
- Frequently moving dogs in cages from a house
- People and dogs 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