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A heartbreaking rescue unfolded in Jones County, Mississippi after a Pit Bull was found in appalling condition. The homeowner who first spotted the injured dog called the Sheriff’s Department, who contacted Southern Cross Animal Rescue (SCAR). Once they got a clear look at the dog’s condition, it was evident that he was the victim of dog fighting. The sweet boy was given the name Atlas and taken to the vet for emergency care.

When SCAR arrived on the scene, the poor dog was curled up in a corner near the house as if he was hiding from the horrible people who abused him.

Cuts, lacerations, and bite wounds covered his face, head, and neck. Atlas also was emaciated and had a swollen back leg.

Like all victims of dog fighting, Atlas deserves a life worth living, and SCAR will make sure he gets there. Atlas is going to need a lot of support, however. SCAR reports he will need X-rays, drain tubes, surgery, and more.


While this sweet boy will have a long road to recovery, he is very lucky to be alive. Many victims of dog fighting are never found or given a second chance. They will never know kindness and love, only terror, pain, and hunger. Despite the fact that it is illegal in all 50 states, dogfighting still occurs more often than you would expect. Dogs who are bred and trained for dogfighting undergo abuse and mistreatment, while bait dogs are used to train other dogs to kill and left for dead once their abusers have no more use for them. This is most likely what happened to Atlas … he was thrown out like trash after he was no longer of use. This is a horrific life that no dog should have to endure.

If you suspect that dogfighting or animal abuse is happening in your area, contact your local authorities or click here for a list of hotlines to report dogfighting rings or abuse. It is up to us to give a voice to these innocent dogs!

To help change Atlas’ heartbreaking situation into a beautiful transformation, click here.

Image Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue/ Facebook

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0 comments on “Dog Used for Fighting Didn’t Have a Home, So He Curled Up in Someone’s Yard to Hide From His Abusers”

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Christine Glass
4 Months Ago

People who fight dogs should be slaughtered and rendered into pet food.

5 Months Ago


5 Months Ago

I certainly hope that these hateful lowdown scum are found and brought to justice for what they do to innocent animals.
A ten or fifteen year prison sentence would help out more of these poor animals who are used for bait and fighting.
Heavy fines into the thousands should accompany prison time for these filthy scum.

alexis davis
5 Months Ago

When you see this you hate people even more. I know not all people do this but too many do. Because one person who does it is one too many.

Mauryne Simoens
5 Months Ago

My comment is above.

21 May 2018

I totally agree.

21 May 2018

OMG! they should go to jail if you find these people that hurt that poor defenseless dog. This kills me to see this.

Mauryne Simoens
5 Months Ago

So sad that human abusers find sport and fun in hurting animals. We need much stronger animal protection, firmly upheld by laws to protect these innocent living animals. A mere slap on the wrist will not STOP animal abuse. Huge fines, stringent labor for city, county or state agencies, and jail time is the only thing that MAY slow down this horrific practice. We need to urge ordinary citizens to act instantly to help bring these heinous crimes to the forefront, then adament demand for stiff action on the perps to stop these crimes of hate toward animals, often for profit.

latonya walker
21 May 2018

YES!!!! I look forward to tougher laws but it will take a real animal lover to make this happen, it would\'ve happened already because a killer is a killer but if its animals they get a slap on the wrist...even if they charged them with the death penalty maybe it would slow them down...So sad that we live amongst such evil dam humans...

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