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Dog Fighting

Dog fighting occurs when two dogs (that are trained to fight) are placed in a pit and forced to attack each other until only one is left standing. This is typically done for either entertainment or for profit.


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Levels of Dog Fighting

Criminal Activity and the Treat to Public Safety

The Training

The Fighting

After the Fight


Dog fighters or spectators often involve their children in dog fighting. Research shows young children who view this type of violence have a greater acceptance of aggressive attitudes and behaviors. They are taught to believe that violence is entertaining, that it is okay to inflict the cruelties they observe, and that dog fighting is an acceptable form of recreation.

Dogfighting locations

Abandoned houses 
• Vacant garages 
• Isolated warehouses 
• Commercial or residential basements 
• Secluded parks 
• Farmhouses or barns

Breeds of Dogs Commonly Involved in Dog Fighting

Dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of a:

• Staffordshire Bull Terrier
• American Pit Bull Terrier or
• Any other breed commonly known as “pit bull”
• Other large breeds of dogs

Characteristics of Dogs Used in Dog Fighting

• Short ear crops
• Wounds and abscesses
• Scars on the head, throat, legs, and ears
• Wide leather or web collars with heavy rings
• Puncture wounds and lacerations
• Bleeding dogs and/or blood stains in a confined area
• Severe injuries that can result in death from loss of blood and internal trauma

The Law

• Dog fighting is a felony offense in all 50 states. 
• Being a spectator at a dogfighting event is illegal in 48 states. 
• The possession of dogs for fighting purposes is prohibited in all 50 states.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Your elected officials’ contact information can be found at  they need to hear from you!

• If your state has not made it a felony to be a spectator at a dogfight (e.g., AK, AR, CA, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MN, MO, MT, NV, NY, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV, WI,WY), write to your elected officials and ask them to do so.

• If your state has not made the possession of dogs for fighting a felony (e.g., NV, NY, TX, WV), write to your elected officials and ask them to do so.

How Can You Help?

• If you suspect dog fighting is occurring in your neighborhood, contact the police immediately.
• Volunteer with a dog rescue group.
• Educate your community about the horrors of dog fighting; contact LCA for more information.
• Teach respect for all life.
• Sign up for LCA Action Alerts and keep informed on our dog fighting campaign and other ways you can help animals
• Volunteer with LCA, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310-271-6096 x27.