Angry about Dog Fighting? Join Us!

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Sent on behalf of Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector

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As many of you have been made aware, dog fighting does exist in Ontario and it needs to stop!

Today the Ontario SPCA has launched a new campaign to help End Dog Fighting and I want to invite you to join in and help spread the word on this important message.

Below is a summary of the campaign and how you can join in and help get this message out in your community.

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Angry about Dog Fighting? Join Us!
Here are some simple steps you can take to join us and help end the fight:

Step 1 – Spot the signs

  • An inordinate number of aggressive dogs being kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are heavily chained and seem unsocialized.
  • Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, and stifle area (hind end and thighs).
  • Dog fighting training equipment such as treadmills used to build dogs’ endurance, “break sticks” used to pry apart the jaws of dogs locked in battle, tires or “springpoles” (usually a large spring with rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs, or unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours.

Step 2 – Report It

  • If you witness a dog fight in progress, call 911 or your local police immediately.
  • If you suspect dog fighting is taking place at a residence, call the Ontario SPCA animal cruelty hotline at 310-SPCA (7722) 24/7.
  • If there are multiple reports of dogs missing or being stolen in your area, call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police.
  • If you see an animal that appears to be neglected, outside of involvement in dog fighting, report it at 310-SPCA (7722).

Step 3 – Spread the Word

  • Take the pledge to do your part to end dog fighting at enddogfighting.ca
  • Share our dog fighting poster on social media using the hashtag #EndDogFighting
  • Tweet: ‘Angry about Dog Fighting? Take the Pledge! www.enddogfighting.ca #EndDogFighting’

Step 4 – Support the Ontario SPCA’s Rescue & Relief™ efforts

  • Text ‘Care’ to 45678 to donate $10 or make a donation online to help ensure the Ontario SPCA Rescue & Relief™ team can continue the battle against dog fighting in Ontario.

By working together we can end dog fighting and help ensure that the perpetrators of dog fighting are brought to justice for committing cruelty to animals.

To learn more about this campaign and dog fighting, I invite you to visit enddogfighting.ca.

Thank you for helping animals in need,

Connie Mallory

Chief Inspector

Ontario SPCA