Taking Action To Stop Dog fighting. How to spot the signs and what you can do.
What You Can Do
1. Spread the word about our $5,000 reward by ordering a free reward action pack!
Includes posters, postcards, brochures, and stickers with information
about our reward. Put them up around your neighborhood and help stop
2. Help take a bite out of dog fighters. Urge your local radio station to run one of our public service announcements, available in English or Spanish, about our standing $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.
You an also fund raise for local bus ads, billboards and PSA placements. Fund-raising is a great way to get the kids involved: Have them hold a
bake sale or car wash.
4. Do you have friends who offer services
or own stores? Have them donate half their proceeds of a weekend
towards a fund to advertise our animal fighting reward.
5. Educate the masses (or at least your circle of friends). Order a copy of our educational video, "Life in on The Chain, Death in the Ring"
and invite your friends over for a viewing party. Pictures are worth a
thousand words, and there is no better way to get people motivated to do
something than to let them see the problem. Host a party and then split
into groups to plaster the city with reward posters.
6. Want to
go further? Have an official viewing in a church or other public area
(with permission, of course), and advertise the event. What a way to
build a local coalition!
7. If you live in a state where dogfighting penalties are deficient (like California, New York, or several others), write to your state legislatorslocal, state and Congressional representatives to support better funding for enforcement of animal fighting laws. and urge them to upgrade the law. Wherever you live, urge your
8. Learn about our grassroots End Dogfighting Campaign, and get involved.
9. Sign up to receive HSUS' email alerts to get the latest news about our efforts to combat animal cruelty.
10. Put a dedicated team on the animals' side by donating to our Animal Cruelty Response and Reward Fund.
11. Write letters to the editor about the cruelty and dangers of dog fighting.
12. Make friends with your sheriff, and bring animal fighting issues
to his attention. Call or visit your local law enforcement office and
bring them animal fighting reward posters.
Even better, present law enforcement with statements from local animal
control or shelter workers regarding the signs they see of animal
fighting in the community.
13. Let your sheriff know about The HSUS' day-long training courses
for law enforcement on animal fighting, with experts who discuss the
signs of animal fighting and how to eradicate it. Once your sheriff is
serious about cracking down on dog fighting and cockfighting, word will
quickly spread that your town is no safe haven for animal fighters.
14. Post our dogfighting video on your website, blog, or social networking profile like Facebook to raise awareness about dog fighting.
15. If you suspect dog fighting in your own neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. Urge your local officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice, and assistance. The HSUS has a standing reward—now doubled to $5,000—for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.
How to Spot Signs of Dog fighting in Your Community
- An inordinate number of pit bulls being kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsociable.
- Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, and stifle area (hind end and thighs)
- Dog fighting training equipment such as treadmills used to build
dogs' endurance, "break sticks" used to pry apart the jaws of dogs
locked in battle, tires or "spring-poles" (usually a large spring with
rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs, or unusual foot
traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours