Dogfighting is a cruel, horrible bloodsport. Dogs are bred and kept in terrible conditions, where they’re trained to be violent and aggressive against each other for entertainment and profit. From the moment they’re puppies they suffer abuse and mistreatment in order to teach them to be aggressive. The Humane Society of the United States explains, “Typical dogfighting injuries include severe bruising, deep puncture wounds and broken bones. Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion or infection hours or even days after the fight.”

Fortunately, there are wonderful organizations like Humane Society doing the good work and rescuing these innocent animals. However, the process of rescuing and rehoming can be quite difficult, especially since these dogs have been trained to be aggressive their whole lives. They have to be placed in shelters for months, sometimes years to make sure they won’t be violent, and many are euthanized before they can housed.

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The rules currently in place regarding their rescue take way too long to actually help the dogs. The Help Extract Animals From Red Tape (HEART) Act introduced in the senate would help change these rules so that dogs can be helped faster. This Act, if passed as a law, would help quicken the process of rescuing and rehoming the animals, and it would also hold the previous owners who had them in dogfighting rings to be financially responsible for their interim care, including transportation, veterinary services, and more. Given that they were abusing and exploiting the animals for profit, that seems fair.

If you support the HEART Act and want to help dogs saved from the cruel dogfighting industry, sign this petition!

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