is a sadistic gambling “contest” in which
two dogs, specifically bred and trained to
fight, are placed together for the purpose of
attacking and mauling each other to earn money
for their owners and entertain spectators. Dog fights end when one of the dogs is no longer able or
willing to continue.
Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC)
considers animal fighting one of the cruelest
examples of inhumane treatment towards animals
for it involves the purposeful decision to
allow, and in fact encourage, animals to harm
Currently, dog fighting is expressly
prohibited in all 50 states by state statutes
and is a felony in most states.
generally takes place in basements, garages,
abandoned warehouses and alleys. The secretive
nature of these organized events, as well as the
“ad hoc” nature of street fights, makes it
difficult to identify the training and fighting
locations of these matches.
MADACC cannot reduce the incidence of
animal fighting in Milwaukee County without the
continued support of law enforcement agencies
and the public.
this cruelty to animals?
inflicted and sustained by dogs participating in
dog fights are frequently severe, and often
who may survive a fight often die of blood loss,
shock, dehydration, exhaustion or infection
hours or even days after the fight.
Owners often train their dogs for fights
using smaller animals, such as cats, rabbits, or
These “bait” animals may be stolen
pets or animals obtained through “free to good
other effects does the presence of dog fighting
have in a community?
should not be a concern for “animal lovers”
fighting is closely linked to many other illegal
and criminal activities.
Illegal gambling is the norm at organized
Firearms and other weapons are common at
dog fights because of the large amounts of cash
drugs are often sold and used at dog fights,
which are almost always connected with other
criminal activities like gang violence, child
abuse and domestic violence.
may promote emotional desensitization and an
enthusiasm for violence.
Young children are often allowed and
encouraged to watch the fights and this may
result in an increase in violent behavior
towards humans as well as animals.
for dog fighting may be dangerously aggressive.
The presence of these dogs in a community
may increase the risk of attacks not only on
other animals but also on people.
dog fighting a felony offense?