Richmond Animal Care and Control rescued 12 dogs from a dog fighting operation in 2018, 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!
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