In recent years, 456 incidents of barbaric dog fighting were reported in the West Midlands alone.
By Published on 4 Apr 2019
The RSPCA has recently reported that the West Midlands region is now the second biggest hotspot for dog fighting in the UK. This places the region in second place, just behind Greater London reported figures. Innocent dogs are being trained to fight, with many being killed in the process.
Dogfighting is still rife in the West Midlands
Even though this unlawful sport is still supported by many cruel dog owners, this horrific pastime was made illegal more than 200 years ago, in 1835. More than 450 reports of dogfighting in the West Midlands have been reported since 2015, however these organised fights are still taking place even to this day. In that last 2 years, numbers of these crimes is falling, thank goodness, with only 108 reports during 2017 and 98 last year.
This dogfighting world is a dark, cruel place
Innocent dogs are specifically trained just for this vicious sport. Hundreds of pounds are waged even before the fight begins. Men gather round and cheer as the dogs spar with each other, often tearing flesh. These shameful scenes continue until a victor emerges, with both dogs often bloodied, seriously injured and often not far from death. Even today, these barbaric dog fights are still taking place in parks, on farms, in disused warehouses and in some cases, in private homes.
The public need to be alert to this heartless dogfighting
With dogfighting still going on in not only the West Midlands and London, but all over the UK, public awareness is certainly helping to reduce the statistics. The RSPCA works hard to rescue many dogs that are involved in dogfighting, but in most cases it’s difficult to source and uncover these brutal events.
Mike Butcher, a dogfighting expert with the RSPCA commented, “Our figures show that in the past four years the RSPCA has received 7,915 reports of dog fighting incidents.While it’s promising to see that these figures are dropping year on year, it’s still staggering that something which has been illegal for almost 200 years and a bloody pastime which most people would consider consigned to history is still so rife.”
If you suspect any dogfighting or are concerned about the welfare of any dog, please contact the RSPCA on their animal cruelty line.