This dog named Turkey was rescued in November 2021  from The Great 108 – the largest suspected dogfighting bust in Michigan history!

The raid was carried out by animal welfare charity Bark Nation and law enforcement. They rescued 107 other dogs alongside Turkey, explained the nonprofit. Dogfighting is a type of blood sport in which dogs are forced to fight one another for the entertainment and/or profit of spectators, and is one of the most deplorable forms of animal cruelty, says ASPCA. It is done for entertainment and usually only ends when one of the dogs is too injured to continue. It is a felony to put on a dogfight or watch one within the U.S.

Jessica Brown, director of operations at Bark Nation, told Newsweek that during the raid, he was found outside with a heavy chain tied around him and had only a small broken-down dog house for shelter and safety. It’s hard to imagine just how scary it must have been for Turkey to be force-bred, and to live as a pawn in the horrific reality of dogfighting.

While Bark Nation was saving and processing all 108 animals in the animal raid, they didn’t immediately notice the extent of Turkey’s injuries. It was only during his intensive veterinary forensic exam that we learned that Turkey is fully blind, and the cause is likely due to trauma from his past life of dogfighting, says pet finder.

Turkey (aka Turkey Jerky aka Jerky Snack) was brought to Bark Nation in Detroit, where he has settled into their shelter. The good news is that he is now up for adoption! Although the team at Bark Nation will miss Turkey deeply, they are ready to see him move on to his next chapter in a loving home. Not only is he friendly, affectionate, playful, gentle, and brave, but he also gets along well with other dogs and children. Although Turkey is fully blind and requires some extra attention to help keep him safe, he is extremely special and is so deserving of love. Visit pet finder today to learn more about Turkey and start the adoption process!

Unfortunately, as with most illicit activities, dogfighting occurs behind closed doors and sadly goes unpunished far more than it should. While Turkey miraculously experienced a happy ending, this is not the case for the majority of dogs involved. Countless animals around the country count on the compassion of rescue groups like Royall Animal Refuge to stop their suffering. To help, you can consider donating to Bark Nation to fuel their mission of ending canine cruelty and saving lives.

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