Dog Fighting has become a serious issue within our community.
Why should you know how to recognize dog fighting? Because dog fighting is a felony in Georgia and is linked to many other illegal and criminal activities. Law enforcement and animal welfare investigators report:
Just because your neighbor owns a pit bull does not mean that he or she is a dog fighter.
Some of the serious signs of dog fighting are:
Dog Fighting is not a "Seasonal Sport"
Men, women and children attend dog fights throughout the year. Dog fighting is not a "seasonal sport". Virtually any area within the community can hold a dog fight. Look for:
Observing adolescents and/or adults with dogs, going to or coming from a site, should peak your curiosity. The party like atmosphere surrounding a dog fight is noticeable. Spectators cheer for their chosen dog as the bets stack up. Growling and barking, especially if other breeds of dogs are being used, is sometimes recognizable.
Characteristics of Fighting Dogs
Dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or any other breed commonly known as a pit bull may be used in dog fighting activities. Other large breeds of dogs may also be used for dog fighting. Dogs used in fighting often have observable characteristics:
REMEMBER, REPORTING DOG FIGHTING WILL REDUCE
VIOLENCE AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
What can you do?
Remember that violence, weapons and illegal activities go hand-in-hand with dog fighting. Report any suspected dog fighting activities to the police. Your report will be kept confidential to the maximum extent possible. It is up to you and your neighbors to spread the word that dog fighting is not acceptable!