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AG Ups the Ante in Animal Fighting Gambling Rings

May 28th, 2008 by flanews

More than 160 dogs and more than 700 roosters were seized last year in animal fighting stings in Florida. Some of those animals were already dead by the time investigators reached them. As Whitney Ray tells us, the states Attorney General wants Floridians to take an active part in stopping animal fighting.

Hear it Here: AG Ups the Ante in Animal Fighting Gambling Rings

Floridas Attorney General joined the Human Society of the United States to support a program offering 5,000 dollars to anyone who uncovers a ring that fights animals.

In this supposedly civilized age the idea that people get entertainment and make their money off of two animals ripping each other apart in a pit is just wrong, said Laura Bevan with the Humane Society of the United States.

In Florida hundreds of roosters and dogs die in competition every year. Attorney General Bill McCollum said animal fighting breeds a culture of violence that doesnt stop with feathers and fur.

Theres a correlations between the think pattern and criminal patterns of violence with animals and violence against people, said McCollum.

Winston is about four years old. The pit bull was used as a punching bag for animal trainers in a thirty dog fighting ring. Amy Raddar saved his life.

I suspect some pretty bad stuff was done to Winston at the hands of humans because hes pretty skeptical of people, said Raddar.

One sign that a dog has been used in fights is fresh wounds on the head, chest and legs. Winstons wounds have healed, but if you take a closer look you can see his scars.

Winston was one of the lucky ones. Still the pit bull carries scars as signs of the end he avoided and the brutality hundreds of animals face everyday. People caught fighting animals in Florida face up to 5 years in prison and a 5,000 dollar fine.

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