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Larger incentive for turning in dog fighters

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January 11, 2008

Albany - Dogfighting is cruel and criminal, but it's also common in many parts of the country, including south Georgia.

The Humane Society of the United States is reaching out to those who may know about dogfighting on in their neighborhoods. They're offering a $5,000 reward for information.

They're cute and cuddly and man's best friend. Unfortunately, man can be dogs worst enemy. "Unfortunately, it's at least a weekly basis here at the Albany Humane society," said Donna Strickland.

Each week, dogs are brought in that have been involved in a dog fight. "These are obvious dogs that are scarred up, cut up mauled up from dogfighting." One was brought in earlier this week. But, he's no longer here. "Unfortunately, earlier this week we did have to euthanize some that were obvious dog fighters."

That's because they're too aggressive to be around other animals, and who knows what could happen if they went home with a family.

Taking place in an underground world, a campaign to end dogfighting hopes to bring to light those involved in the cruel sport by offering up to $5,000 for information leading to their arrest and conviction.

"A lot of people are scared of the individuals that are involved in this type of sport. It's very violent and it's a criminal act. Chances are if they're involved in dogfighting, they're involved in some other illegal act as well," said Humane Society Director Donna Strickland. 

She thinks that by giving people an incentive to provide information, more people will be turned in and fewer dogs will be hurt. "We do hope that dogfighting in the state of Georgia will cease to exist one day."

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