Dog fighting is considered one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. It is a contest in which dogs are placed in pit and forced to fight until they can’t continue because of the pain and injury inflicted. This is a contest used for the spectator’s entertainment and gambling. Most spectators have gambling problems and can make huge profit.
Many injuries occur during fights, which are both severe and fatal. By the end of a fight, the dogs usually have massive bleeding, ruptured lungs, broken bones, and other life threatening injuries. The instinct to fight is bred into these dogs. (In my research I read a convicted dogfighter’s description of a fight and he said that the dog spent most of the fight on her back and broke her front leg high up in the shoulder, as well as one of her back legs, in the knee joint. The only leg she didn’t break she chewed up completely. The other dog literally scalped her, tearing a big chunk of skin off the top of her head.) Usually the loser of the match dies or is killed inhumanely. And the surviving dog does not see a veterinarian.
The dogs have very bad living conditions. They spend most of their life in a crate, only being let out to train. “Dogs who are used for fighting are usually kept penned or chained (often with heavy logging chains), and many are taunted and starved in order to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression.
Dog fighting is a felony offense. It is illegal to own or train a dog for fighting and cause a dog to injure or kill another dog in a preplanned fight. In most states it is illegal to be a spectator. The law is enforced. The punishment can be up to three years in jail and a $50,000 fine.