End Illegal Dog Fighting Rings in South Africa

End Illegal Dog Fighting Rings in South Africa

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Dog fighting despite being banned and illegal is still prominent throughout the South Africa. The majority of the big league battles are held in Durban, Johannesburg and the Western Cape, where prize money reaches into the millions of rands.

Dogs are often stolen by novices who do not have the money to buy their own fighting dogs, or bought from backyard breeders and people who advertise puppies for sale on popular classified websites like gumtree and OLX.

A source, who asked not to be named as he fears for his life, said fights are often advertised within WhatsApp groups and sent to people who are known fighters and/or spectators.

“It is not about the dog at all. It is about power, money and drugs.”

The source said the fighting dogs often do not stay on their owner’s property and are looked after by younger men or friends in the community until the next fight.

“South Africans will engage in the blood sport just for the sake of gratuitous violence,”  she said.

Fighting dogs are trained to be aggressive when there are as young as puppies. They are trained with a kill or be killed mentality. Often the fighting dogs are given narcotics or steroids in order to improve their chances of winning. With thousands on the line, there are no lengths people will go to win. Dogs are beaten to increase their aggression and to build up their pain tolerances, live animals such as rabbits are used as practice, and the teeth are filed down in order to improve damage.

In the end, there are no real winners, the losing dog is often killed via drowning, hanging or shooting. And it is common for the winning dog to die from an infection or blood loss. 

Dogs are loving by nature, to turn a loving gentle creature into a killer is beyond cruel. It is inhumane and a wound on the soul. We need to educate and inform more South Africans of the realities of dog fighting and animal abuse that could be happening in their backyards. Please continue to sign and share. Together we can stop more dogs from becoming victims, and to rescue more dogs currently trapped in dog fighting rings.

When dogs are rescued from these rings, each dog is assessed physically and mentally to see if it can be rehabilitated.

The success rate of rehabilitation of these dogs is very high. A little TLC can go such a long way, and many are able to be rehomed into loving families.

The NSPCA is offering rewards of R30 000 for information on dog fighting and asked that if dog fighting is suspected, people call the NSPCA Special Investigations Unit at 011 907 3590 or e-mail information to nspca@nspca.co.za  All calls to the SPCA  are anonymous.

 

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