My First Event!!

Hello dog lovers,

On August 9th 2015 I embarked on a new territory with Scarves for Paws. After reaching out to local shelters to help me spread the word about my mission, I was invited by Dog Orphans a dog shelter in Douglas to participate in their 3rd Annual Hounds & Sounds Music Festival in Oxford Ma.

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Although I only had two sales I met my goal to sell at least one scarf and to get my name out there. During the event I met people from FAAS (Friend of the Attleboro Animal Shelter) who asked if I wanted to participate in another event as a vendor in the Fall. I was eager with excitement and said yes, with that I booked my second vending event which will take place in Attleboro September 26th from 10am-4pm. They are expecting a huge turn out so I am excited to see what it brings.

I want to invite you, my readers to come out and meet me, buy a scarf and support an awesome shelter as they launch a new one.

Hope to see you all there!

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“A bone to a dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog” – Jack London ( author,The Call of the Wild)

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Laws and Community Response- The Final Dog Fighting Post

Hey dog lovers, hope all your fur babies are staying cool in this humidity. Today’s topic is the third in the series on dog fighting focusing on Laws and Community response.

What are the laws relating to dog fighting? As of 2008, dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Being a spectator at a dogfight is illegal in all states except Montana and Hawaii. Each violation can result in up to three years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

df2What happens to dogs who are seized from dog fighting operations? Can they be rehabilitated? Dogs from professional fighters have been bred and trained to inflict injuries on other dogs, so they can be difficult to house and care for safely. They are usually very friendly to people – they’ve been bred for this trait so that they can be easily handled during fights – but, unfortunately, these dogs can be extremely dangerous to other dogs. That is why the ASPCA recommends that all dogs seized from fighting raids be assessed by professional behaviorists.

If dog fighting is so widespread, why don’t more cases come to light? Dog fighting is a violent and highly secretive enterprise, which is extremely difficult for law enforcement and investigative professionals to infiltrate. A dogfight investigation requires many of the same skills and resources as a major undercover narcotics investigation, and challenges the resources of any agency that seeks to respond to it.

df 3What can communities do to combat dog fighting?     Alert the authorities to any suspected or actual dog fighting activities in their areaidentification of the problem is the first step to a solution. The ASPCA recommends the formation of local or state task forces to address dog fighting. These groups should include members from all the major stakeholders in that community: law enforcement, prosecutors, animal control, animal welfare groups, veterinarians, public health officials, housing authorities, the neighborhood watch, and others.

What can citizens do? The enforcement of animal cruelty laws begins with the individual. If you see something, please say somethingnotify your local police and/or humane law enforcement of any suspicious activities that suggest dog fighting is taking place in your community.

df 1 That is it for today guys, hope this series was informative and helpful. We are their voices and need to help defend them.

Remember to check out Scarves for Paws to purchase your scarf to help sheltered animals.

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Unknown

Dog Used in Fighting

Hey Dog lovers,  today’s topic which is the dogs used in fighting the second part of the three part series focuses on Breeds used and more details about the fight.

dog fighting 3Are Pit-bulls suitable family dogs? Yes, the American Pit Bull terrier has long been a popular family pet, noted for his strength, intelligence, and devotion. Any dog can behave aggressively, depending on the context, his genetic background, his upbringing and environment

Where do they come from?For “professional” and “hobbyist” dog fighters, the sale of pups from parents who have won several fights is a major part of their activity. Underground dog fighting publications and websites are commonly used to advertise pups or the availability of breeding stock. 

dog fighting 2How are they raised and trained?Fighting dogs must be kept isolated from other dogs, so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains, often just out of reach of other dogs and people. However, many “professional” fighters invest much time and money in conditioning their animals. They are often given quality nutrition and basic veterinary care. The dogs are exercised under controlled conditions, such as on a treadmill or “jenny.”

Why do fighting dogs sometimes have their ears cropped and tails docked? This serves two purposes. First, it limits the areas of the body that another dog can grab onto in a fight, and second, it makes it more difficult for other dogs to read the animal’s mood and intentions through the normal body language cues dogs use in aggressive encounters.

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What goes on in a dogfight?  Fights can take place in a variety of locations and at any time. They may be impromptu events in a back alley, or carefully planned and staged enterprises in a location specially designed and maintained for the purpose. Usually the fight takes place in a pit that is between 14 and 20 feet square, with sides that may be plywood, hay bales, chain link or anything else that can contain the animals. The flooring may be dirt, wood, carpet or sawdust. The pit has “scratch lines” marked in opposite corners, where the dogs will face each other from 12 to 14 feet apart.

How long do dogfights last? Fights can last just a few minutes or several hours. 

What happens to the losing dog?Losing dogs are often discarded, killed or left untreated, unless they have had a good history of past performance or come from valuable bloodlines. If the losing dog is perceived to be a particular embarrassment to the reputation or status of its owner, it may be executed in a particularly brutal fashion as part of the “entertainment.”Dog 

As the fall months are approaching fast, remember to grab your scarf from Scarves for Paws today and beat the cold before it beats you. Have a great week guys!

“What counts it not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight;but the it’s size of the fight in the dog” – Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th president of the US)

Dog Fighting Part One; Then and Now

Hey dog lovers, Dog fighting is a serious issue in our world today and I believe everyone should be educated about dog fighting so we can end it and make it illegal everywhere.

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When and how did dog fighting come to America?

Although there are historical accounts of dogfights going back to the 1750’s, widespread activity emerged after the Civil War, with professional pits proliferating in the 1860’s, mainly in the Northeast.

Ironically, it was a common entertainment for police officers and firemen, and the “Police Gazette” served as a major source of information on dog-fighting for many years. Although many laws were passed outlawing the activity, dog fighting continued to expand throughout the 20th century.

Where did these animals come from?

Many of the animals were brought from England and Ireland, where dog fighting had begun to flourish after bull-baiting and bear-baiting became illegal in the 1830’s.

How has the ASPCA combated dog fighting through the years?

Throughout its history, the ASPCA has fought for stronger laws against all forms of animal cruelty. A 1981 report commissioned by the ASPCA entitled “Dog fighting in America: A National Overview,” concluded that dog fighting was more widespread than the public or law enforcement imagined and that stronger laws at the state and federal level were needed.

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Q. How does the ASPCA combat dog fighting today?

The ASPCA anti-cruelty e-learning program offers law enforcement and animal welfare professionals free online coursework on combating dog fighting and investigating animal abuse.

In addition, the ASPCA regularly provides training and assistance to prosecutors on how to build an effective case against those charged with these crimes, and its experts often serve as witnesses in such cases.

Who Is Involved?

Q. Are there different levels of dog fighting?

Most law enforcement experts divide dogfight activity into three categories: street fighting, hobbyist fighting, and professional activity:

  • “Street” fighters engage in dogfights that are informal street corner, back alley, and playground activities. Stripped of the rules and formality of the traditional pit fight, these are spontaneous events triggered by insults, turf invasions or the simple taunt, “My dog can kill yours.”
  • “Hobbyist” fighters are more organized, with one or more dogs participating in several organized fights a year as a sideline for both entertainment and to attempt to supplement income. They pay more attention to care and breeding of their dogs and are more likely to travel across state lines for events.
  • “Professional” dog fighters often have large numbers of animals (as many as 50 or more) and earn money from breeding, selling, and fighting dogs at a central location and on the road. They often pay particular attention to promoting established winning bloodlines and to long-term conditioning of animals. They regularly dispose of animals that are not successful fighters or breeders using a variety of methods, including shooting and blunt force trauma. Unlike professional dog fighters of the past, both professionals and hobbyists of today may dispose of dogs that are too human-aggressive for the pit by selling them to “street” fighters or others who are simply looking for an aggressive dog — thus contributing to the dog bite problem.

Q. How widespread is dog fighting in America?

As with any other illegal underground activity, it is impossible to determine how many people may be involved in dog fighting. Estimates based on fight reports in underground dog fighting publications, and on animals entering shelters with evidence of fighting, suggest that the number of people involved in dog fighting in the U.S. is in the tens of thousands.

While organized dog fighting activity seemed to decline in the 1990’s, many law enforcement and animal control officials feel that it has rebounded in recent years. Street fighting has reportedly continued to grow as a significant component of urban crime. The Internet has also made it easier for dog fighters to rapidly exchange information about animals and fights.

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Q. Is dog fighting more prevalent in one part of the country or another?

No. Dog fighting has been reported in urban, suburban, and rural settings in all regions of the country.Fighters were traditionally attracted to states with weaker penalties for dog fighting and animal cruelty, many in the South — but laws continue to be made stronger throughout the country. As a result, this activity is no longer limited to any single area, but it is more likely to thrive wherever enforcement of anti-fighting laws is weak.

 

 

 

 

That’s it for today’s post guys I hope you all find it very informative and this is a part one of three series. Next week look for “The Dogs Used in Fighting.” Have a great week everyone and don’t forget to check out Scarves for Paws for your scarf needs!!

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog” M.K Clinton (author of The Returns)