Today is National Dog Fighting Awareness Day, a day started by the ASPCA to raise awareness of this heinous crime. Animal lovers all over are encouraged to spread the word and take action where they can. The Tuesday’s Tails weekly blog hop today is dedicated to this cause.
When approaching this subject, I wasn’t sure what angle to come at it from. I decided to take a look at what might be going on in my own state of New Hampshire. I am happy to be able to say that I couldn’t find a lot of information on any dog fighting rings being broken up in my state. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening here. I found one article from 2010 about our biggest city of Manchester. In a city like this, with densely populated neighborhoods, it is more likely there are small groups participating in this sport in basements and other places where they won’t be overheard. This makes them more difficult to find.
That is why citizens are encouraged to watch for the signs….scarred Pit Bulls with cropped ears, wearing heavy chain collars, could be a sign that something illegal is going on with those dogs. These dogs don’t go to vets for care, so it is up to everyone else to watch out for it. Dog fighting is a felony in New Hampshire as well as all 50 states and federally. In New Hampshire it is to a felony to keep, own, or possess fighting dogs as well as be a spectator.
The federal government also continues to be aware of these crimes and to pass new legislation. As part of the Farm Bill, that was recently passed and signed by the President, was the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. This Act makes knowingly attending an animal fight a crime subject to fines and jail time. It is a separate crime to take a minor to these events, with even higher penalties. You can find additional information on that Act here.
Because of this cruel sport, there are many, many Pit Bulls in need of homes. They get a bad rap because of this fighting….when it is the upraising of these dogs that can turn them into fighters. They want to please people, and they are taught that fighting is a way to do that. In truth, they are gentle, friendly, loyal and loving animals once known as “nanny dogs”.
Today we are all sharing adoptable Pit Bulls. Last month I shared two siblings, Angel and Honey Boo Boo, who are with the North Country SPCA in Westport, New York. These two dogs are still looking for homes (please click on their names to be taken to their Petfinder pages).
In addition I’d like to share a Pit Bull mix named Mocha-chino who is with Eleventh Hour Rescue in Rockaway, New Jersey.
Mocha-chino has her own Facebook page with over 1,000 followers yet she has still not found a home after two years. I know she is already getting a lot of exposure through Facebook but I wanted to share her because her sweet face and her story have touched my heart. She was happily in a temporary foster home for 6 months, but recently had to be returned to the shelter because her foster parent became ill.
They don’t know much about Mocha’s past, but she was left with trust issues and can take time to warm up to people. She has some special “aunts” who will often take her on trips from the shelter, and when you see the photos of her with her aunts, you can see that her trust can be gained and she is a very loving and sweet girl. She does need to be in a home with older children only, and no other animals. Mocha enjoys car rides, hiking, and snuggling!
Additional info on Mocha:
- Knows basic obedience.
- Size: just under 50 lbs
- Guessed to be around 3 years old.
- Lab/Pit mix
Surely the right home is out there for her, perhaps a single person or a couple looking for a special companion. Let’s hope that Mocha and all of the other Pit Bulls being shared today can be in new homes soon!