Archive for the ‘Dog Fighting’ Category

Dog Fighter Arrested

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Alert neighbors on the eastside witnessed a spontaneous fight between 2 pit bulls this week and correctly called 911. The owner was arrested and BOTH dog fighting and drug paraphernalia confiscated. Hello folks! This is the same pattern seen nationally and locally of multicriminality associated with dog fighting. Move to Act encourages city government to hire more animal control officers and increase funding to IACC to end dog fighting in our city. Indy is beset by crime including arson, carjackings, home invasions, murder, gang violence, assaults and more. Yet there must still be resources left to combat dogfighting. The public is invited to learn more by attending “Dog Fighting Primer” at 6:30PM on Thursday, Aug 23 at North United Methodist Church presented free by Indy Pit Crew

Michael Vick Indicted

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been indicted along with others for dor fighting. A large scale dog fighting operation on his rural Virginia property has been under federal investigation for several months. The 18 page indictment details his participation in housing, training, gambling and killing of pit bull fight dogs. Vick is a former #1 NFL draft pick; his jersey is a bestseller. Initial reaction is heavily against him in the sports and general media. Vick may face suspension by NFL commissioner Goodell or his team owner and could lose endorsement contracts. The Humane Society of the United States has condemned this form of despicable animal cruelty and now calls for Vick’s suspension. Move to ACT strongly opposes dog fighting in Indianapolis. The Vick case will hopefully put local dog fighting back in the public’s conciousness. MtA agains calls for Indianapolis’ professional sports teams to publically oppose dog fighting.

ESPN: Michael Vick Unlikely to be Indicted

Friday, July 6th, 2007

ESPN reports that despite Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s involvement in a large dogfighting operation in Virginia he is unlikely to be indicted. 56 pit bulls were found during an April raid at a rural house owned by Vick. Federal agents have recently excavated a suspected pit bull burial site for evidence. Vick has claimed to be unaware of dogfighting on his property blaming other family members. He has since sold the property. A Sports Illustrated report alleges rather widespread involvement of professional atheletes in dogfighting. MtA vigorously opposes dogfighting in Indianapolis. An opportunity now exists for our teams-the Colts and Pacers-to step up and support efforts to end dogfighting locally. Their players would be very credible spokepersons in such a campaign. Comments?

Another Pit Bull Attack

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

A little girl is mauled by a pit bull on the northeastside and the media duly reports the circumstances and injuries. But what is the rest of the story? Pit bull dog attacks comprised <5% of all dogbites 20 years ago-why the increase? Pit bulls and pit mixes now account for 30-40% of all animals surrended to Animal Care & Control and are largely unadoptable. The deeper problem is the systematic breeding of pit bulls. The pit bull subculture prizes owning a tough fighting dog-witness rap and hip hop videos. Unwanted pit bulls from breeder's large litters are sold off or just dumped in the community. Move to ACT calls for city government to form a dangerous dog task force to eliminate breeders, stop dog fighting and pursue large scale low cost community based spay neuter. Comments?

Pit Bull Euthanasia

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The Indianaoilis Star InTake site has an entry by Kevin Schmidt on April 4 re the abandoned pit bulls being adopted in Hamilton County. He asserts that these dogs are unsuitable for adoption as pets. Though Schmidt calls such folk “morons” and recipients of a “Stupid Award” are there not instances in wwhich such adoptions can succeed? Can’t these dogs be temperament tested rather than just blanket euthanasia as he suggests? Comments?