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Scarred Dogs Fighting scars can be found on the face, front legs, hind ends, and thighs.
Puncture wounds, swollen face, and mangled ears are also telltale signs of fighting.
If you see dogs with these characteristics contact law enforcement or animal control immediately.
Dog Fighting Publications Dogfighters keep track of winning dogs and bloodlines through underground
publicatios such as SPORTING DOG JOURNAL. Other titles include SCRATCH BACK, INTERNATIONAL DOG JOURNAL, and CERTIFIED CONTENDER REPORT. It's illegal to
ship these through the U.S. Mail.
Spring Pole / Jump Pole A large pole with a spring hanging down to which a rope, tire, or animal hide
is affixed that the dogs jump to and dangle from for extended periods of time. This strengthens the jaw muscles and back legs. The same effect is achieved
with a simpler spring loaded apparatus hanging from tree limbs.
Heavy Chains Dogs have very heavy chains wrapped around their necks, generally in lieu of collars.
They build neck and upper body strength by constantly bearing the immense weight of the chains.
Treadmills Dogfighting training equipment such as treadmills are used to build dogs endurance.
Homemade slate mills, or even electric can be used for a treadmill. Look for a chain or harness used to tether a dog to the treadmill.
Breaking Sticks These are used to pry open a dog's mouth with a firm grip, in order to break up a fight.
They are about a foot long, flat on one side, and often bloodstained and/or toothmarked.
Rape Stand Rape stands are frequently used for breeding purposes.
Of course when breeding fighting dogs it can be extremely dangerous to both of the dogs, this is where the rape stand comes into play.
Rural Housing If dogs have any shelter at all, it's usually a 55 gallon chemical barrel with the lid cut off and
turned on it's side. If there is any food or water at all, it is typically algae and/or maggot infested. The dog wears perfect circles in the ground the length of
the chain, and they are just inches between each other's circle.
Fighting Pits Pits are often constructed with plywood and measure 14-20 square feet, with walls 2-3 feet high.
Pits can also be constructed with chain-link fencing or makeshift materials such as hay barrels. Fighting pits will often have scratch lines. Look for blood stains.
Vitamins, Drugs, and Vet Supplies Although these items may have legitimate uses, they are often found in
connection with illegal dogfighting operations. A few are Dexamethozone (Steroid), Amoxicillin (Antibiotic), Canine Red Dog (Iron Supplement), and Winstrol V (Steriod).
Bait Dogs Animals are tied up while other dogs tear them apart. Sometimes, they are confined
in an area to be chased and mauled by the dogs. Teeth can be pulled or filed down so the bait animal can not cause harm to the fighter dogs.
Weight Scale Before the fight, handlers weigh the animals. They are then placed in the appropriate weight class.
This ensures more of a fair fight.
Urban Housing Urban housing will usually be crates stacked on top of each other in a room. There will be a lack of
cleanliness and strong odors. Basements are usually used for housing in Urban dogfighting.
Wash Tubs Prior to a fight, handlers wash and examine their opponent's dog under a referee's supervision.
This is done to remove any poisonous or caustic substances that might have been applied to the dog's coat. These steps are taken to prevent cheating.