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Richmond Animal Care and Control recently rescued 12 dogs from a dog fighting operation, and they shared the story of one of these former fighting dogs on their Facebook page, saying, “Our most recent dog fighting case (still awaiting a court date) brought us 12 dogs in critical need. One of those pups was found in the house we raided in a crate too small for her body. She was skinny and had no teeth and a torn lip. I remember walking through the kitchen for the 50th time looking at her; she watched me and we waited for warrants and the hours passed as we took the other dogs and then finally could release her.”

Thanks to the help of a number of organizations, many of these dogs were placed in forever homes. One of these dogs was the red female Pit Bull kept in the crate in the kitchen. The rescue explained, “We recently heard from one of the adopters and she sent a picture that made my heart want to sing. That little red mama dog is living a wonderful life being loved (missing teeth and torn lip and all) in a home instead of a crate in the kitchen being fought and bred and mistreated.”

They added, “This case took a toll on all of us and this picture is like a shining beacon of hope and inspiration for us to keep moving forward; to keep fighting the good fight.” Our hearts are melting!


Despite being illegal in all 50 states, dog fighting is still present all across the country. Due to their strong build and powerful jaws, Pit Bulls are the typical breed of choice for dog fighting operations, which perpetuates the stereotype of the breed being dangerous or aggressive. Although some dogs used in fighting rings become so traumatized from years of violence and abuse that rescuers, unfortunately, cannot adopt them out, the story of this sweet, smiling red Pitty shows that dogs, regardless of the breed or life experiences, are resilient and non-aggressive creatures who just want to be loved and give love in return.

If you are considering adding a new dog into your life, remember this story and opt for adoption. Not sure if you are ready to adopt? Consider fostering a dog first to see if you are a good match in terms of personalities and activity levels. Even if you cannot adopt or foster, if you have experience handling dogs, you can volunteer at your local shelter or rescue to help socialize rescued dogs, including those saved from a life of dog fighting.

And remember to share this touching story with your friends and family members who love dogs!

Image Source: Richmond Animal Care and Control/Facebook 

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4 Months Ago


20 Jun 2018


4 Months Ago

It should be a hard felony for the creeps that do this. Something like automatic 15 years with no parole.

4 Months Ago

I got a rescue silver brown pit, one year old, that had been used as bait, in a fighting ring, that ate rocks, due to starving, & her front teeth was ground down to the gums from that, one ear deaf, due to kicking her, beating her caused back problems, and all her abuse from her abusers, left scars and memories for life. But now she has a forever home with us, and she is one of our family. Everyday she never fails to let us know just how grateful she is, to have such a wonderful life now, through her many kisses, and is the most loving dog we have ever had. She makes us laugh, and she is getting the mothering, she was robbed of, when she was a pup. If anything ever happened to her, it would be so devastating to us, she is just perfect!

Linda Bray
24 May 2018

I too got a rescue dog that was used as a bait dog. She is a german shepherd mix. She too has scars, a cut off tail, missing many teeth and she had a lot of physical problems as well as mental problems when I got her. It has been a year now since she has become a part of our family and she is now physically fit and all the terrible memories she must have seem to be fading. She is without a doubt the most loving dog I have ever owned. I just can\'t get over how sweet she is. The vet I use even said she shouldn\'t say this but our rescue is her favorite patient in her clinic. As a human I don\'t think I could ever be as kind and sweet as this dog if I had been so brutally abused! She has been an inspiration to our lives.

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