DogFighting and BSL

After reading and hearing numerous sad stories of dogs being used to fight and dogs that are put down just because they are labelled a fightingbreed, I think it’s time I voiced my opinion on the following issues:

Aggresive breeds/BSL (Breed-specific legislation) and Dog Fighting

For starters: I don’t believe but I KNOW that there is no such thing as a Fighting Breed. Nature didn’t make fighters out of these dogs, people did! Yes, there are dogbreeds that will respond quicker with agression and are more dominant than other breeds but those dogs don’t make the difference but the owners do. No healthy dog is born a killer, not a labrador nore a pitbull.

There are no Bad Breeds only Bad Owners! 

These dogbreeds are not born fighters or unstable. Humans create this unwanted behaviour in them. But somehow we still judge our dogs on their breed and looks even in law.

There are several countries where a number of dogbreeds are forbidden just because of their so called bad reputation. Not only do they use this to ban certain types of breeds, they also have rules like;

  • Every pitbull has to wear a muzzle
  • No stafford or bullybreed is allowed off leash in the dogparks
  • Dogs with simalar characteristics to a bully- or pitbull breed and don’t have the right papers are immediately put down for no other reason than their looks

Simple question…What has been learned from human history?
Do not judge on skincolor, looks, religion or background, judge people on their actions… Should we not do the same for our animals? 

These laws were made by people who do not know much about dogs and who are responsible for a lot of animal and human suffering which is totally unnecessary. With these laws they are claiming to protect humans from these ‘killing monsters’.. When in reality they are letting the real monsters go, the dogowners and animal abusers who are responsible.

As I wrote before I would like to stipulate, dogs are not born fighters or born unstable. It is  humans who create these unwanted behaviours in them. If you look at it that way, it is heartbreaking to hear when they put dogs down for what their owners did to them. It is like putting down a victim of abuse, just because of the fact that they were abused they now no longer fit in, because of their unsocialized character or unwanted behaviour.

You would think that after all the opinions of animalexperts, dogowners, breeders and kennelorganisations and the TV hit the Dogwhisperer these opinions and laws would have been changed by now. You would think that people would have come to the conclusion that it is not the dog or the breed but the owners that are to blame and furthermore  that no matter how bad the behaviour seems these dogs can be rehalibated to be a loving socialized pets. Read More

You Can Help 2 Stop Dogfighting

Dog fighting is one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. Although dog fighting is illegal in most countries, this cruel form of abuse for human entertainment still happens every day. Infact dog fighting is making a comeback in a big way in the U.S. It is estimated by some government sources that there are on average about 16,000 dogs killed each year in organized dog fights and that number continues to grow. All over the world, in backyards everywhere, helpless dogs are being bred to fight and die for this very sick form of human entertainment. These unimaginably cruel and sick dog fighters are even going to animal shelters posing as a loveable new owner when in fact they will force them to fight against their own fighting dogs for training and to give them a taste for blood. Also, dogs are increasingly kidnapped from peoples yards and homes to die in dog fights.

Because fighting dogs is illegal, people who do these cowardly and sick crimes will try to hide any evidence of dogfighting to avoid being caught. So what do we have to look for and what do we do when we suspect someone?
Here are some tips on how to recognize dog fighting dogs and fighting areas and  who to call to report this.


How to recognize dog fighting
Multiple dogs are generally housed in one location. More sophisticated operations may look more like a kennel; in fact many that breed and fight dogs do so under the auspices of a kennel to deflect suspicion. Less sophisticated dogfighters, especially the urban street fighters generally have several dogs chained in backyards, often behind privacy fences or in basements or garages. Dogs that have been fought have fresh wounds or scars, in various stages of healing, on the head, chest and legs.


The area

Blood spattered on any surface. Dogs may be fought or trained in basements, garages, barns, and vacant buildings, so spatters of blood on any interior walls or floors should be closely documented. Dogs are often trained outside, so watch for blood spattered outside, especially near training equipment. When live animals are used as bait, there are generally remains of the animals on site. On the training location there will probably be training devices like: Treadmills, catmills (jennys), springpoles (jumppoles), flirtpoles, chains/weights, and any implements used to hang or harness bait animals. Pry bars, bite sticks, or breaking sticks are used to pry the dog’s jaws open when he has gripped onto another animal


On the Internet
Matches are often filmed and the videos can be used in court as evidence.  Many dogfighters also utilize the internet to maintain contact with other ‘fanciers’, post match stats, to order and sell supplies and dogs, etc. The newspaper can also be utilized to identify potential breeding and selling of fighting dogs. Often classified advertisements for fighting dogs include a reference to ‘game bred’ dogs.

Report suspected Dogfighting in the USA:

Report suspected dog fighting anonymously, from anywhere in the U.S.

Call, toll-free, at: 1.877.215.2250, or visit and submit a form online.

Report suspected Dogfighting  in the Netherlands:
Bel 144 (anonieme meldingen worden hier niet in behandeling genomen) Wanneer u 144 belt, krijgt u de politie aan de lijn. Afhankelijk van de melding kan de politie besluiten de Landelijke Inspectiedienst Dierenbescherming in te schakelen. Als melder krijgt u de garantie dat er zorgvuldig en conform de Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens met uw gegevens wordt omgesprongen. Natuurlijk wordt uw naam niet bekend gemaakt bij de ‘beklaagden’.

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Safe a Life and Adopt
Dog Fighting, Michael Vick, Mos Def and Chris Rock

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French Bully Set on Fire

Graphic Video 18+
This poor dog was set on fire and than left for dead on the streets..
I hope the little fellow gets well soon and I hope they found the sick person who did this.

Does anybody have more info on this subject?
The video was posted 5 days ago, anybody a location, newsvideo or other link?
So the story of this dog is told and maybe the interwebs can help find the sick person responsible for this cruel and horrific act

Please share and when you have more info/weblinks please post as a comment.

Poor Baby

A sad update 28-08-12 : Bric did not make it 🙁
Georgia Bulldog Rescue wrote: With a heavy heart and more emotion than I can describe. Bric was called to cross the Rainbow Bridge during the night. He was not alone, both Stephanie and Lauriel were able to be there with him.
His condition began to deteriorate and progressed rapidly. We’re so sorry we couldn’t do more for you. Precious soul never knew a day without pain. I pray that the time we had you was a bit less painfull and I you felt all of our love for you.

This poor puppy, only 10 weeks old, was found abadoned in a parking lot, covered in demodex (skindisease) and parasites. Please Help the Georgia Bulldog Rescue Group, who is caring for her now by donating, so they can help Bric and other Bulldogs

Updates from the Georgia Bulldog Club about Bric:

Update: PM 8/27/2012: Bric continues to hold his own, no worse no better. At this point, with all the fluid in his lungs he is oxygen dependent. The cardiologist said his heart looks OK. Dermatologist confirmed Demodex. Our biggest obstacle is going to be whether they can clear the fluid from his lungs. The hypoplastic trachea sounds as if it is causing issues as well. The optalmologist will see him tomorrow, nothing we can do about his eye right now anyway. The odds are stacked against him BUT…when has a bulldog not had the odds stacked against them? I can’t tell you that he is completely painfree but certainly much better than yesterday. We are going to have to take this one step at a time.

Update 8/27/12: Bric he made it through the night. Condition still grave but no worse. Cardiology, ophthalmology and dermatology consults today. More information this afternoon.

8/26/12: This is Bric. This morning a young woman (Brandy) walked out of church and found this pup abandoned in the church parking lot. Mistakenly thinking he was a Pug, she posted on craigslist asking for anyone to help care for this poor creature. One hour later, a volunteer (Andrea Bishop) felt the urge to check facebook (she has no idea why, something compelled her) and opened a post asking for urgent care for a Pug puppy…only it wasn’t a pug puppy. Andrea immediately called me ( I answered, aasp) and asked me to look on craigslist, at this particular post. Within minutes, Stephanie was on the road in Wally’s Wagon.

Bric is in grave condition at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. He is covered in mange, anemic, loaded with intestinal parasites, has fluid in his lungs, a hypoplastic trachea and a very large left eye ulcer….and he’s only 10 weeks old. He is currently in an incubator with oxygen, on IV fluids and IV antibiotics. X-rays showed fluid in his lungs and also severe narrowing of the trachea. The emergency vets at GVS will be working on him diligently during the night.

He has a precious baby face and even in his terrible condition still tries to lift his head and open his eyes. He even stood when they first put him in the oxygen incubator.

Please keep Bric (named after Brandy’s father) in your thoughts and prayers. He is on the edge and deserves much better than the cards he has been dealt. Regardless of the cost, GEBR will do everything in our power to pull this little fellow through and give him the best that life has to offer.

Please Watch, Learn, Act and Share

Somethings are hard to see, hard to know. Those sad stories, the horrific numbers…
Don’t turn your head, cause the only way we can change this is to create awareness.

Every year, an estimated 5 to 10 million pets are euthanized in animal shelters only in the United States. Why? Because there is no place for them to go, no homes for them. Yet, we continue to let animals roam freely, unneutered and producing more unwanted animals. Their offspring often go from birth to the shelter where, if they are not adopted before their 6 days are up, they will be killed. That is where the expression “born to die” applies; newly born into this world only to be put to death. What a tragic waste of life. There is a solution for this overpopulation problem, and that is to spay and neuter and adopt.

Also in stead of buying a puppy from a breeder or shop you can choose to adopt a dog from a shelter or from a rescue group. There are also a lot of Rescue Groups  for specific breeds. I am making a list of Animal Rescue Groups for English Bulldogs and other dogs Worldwide, so if you know any please share so they can help more dogs from a deathsentence into a loving home. If you know a rescue group for dogs please mail the information (name/website/contactinformation) to

Please watch, learn, act and share/like.

Neuter and spay your pets and adopt pets from shelters and rescue groups. Think before you take a pet into your home, so when you do, you make that choice for their whole lifetime.

When you have enough time, money and love to care for a dog for life
look for love in shelters and rescues and save an animal .
Find a Rescue Group or Shelter near you:

Read more on what you can do against animal cruelty here:

Please share this blog, talk about these dogs in your community, convince people to go to shelters and rescues and neuter and spay your own pets.

Animal Cruelty: Michael Vick

For those who don’t know, in 2010 Michael Vick was found guilty at several offenses of animal cruelty. He did not only organised dogfights, he also tortured, hanged and drowned his own dogs.

Now I think, it is not only logical but also necessary for people to get outraged and upset by this news. Any form of cruelty or violence, wether against people or animals, should get a response like that.

Chris Rock (stand up comedian/actor) obviouly thinks otherwise.
In a youtube statement he says: white people are overreacting when it comes to Michael Vick. And he continious by saying: somebody can rape his dog, if they just dont rape his daughters. He is quoting a man, who compared Mike Tyson (who was convicted for raping a woman) with Michael Vick, and he is outraged by the comparison.

Now I do not think animal cruelty is the same as rape, but I do think both should get the same reaction; People Should be offended by it, get angry about it and speak up.

Now Chris Rock is a stand up comedian who talks a lot about free speech and fighting for your rights. Now if you lay this next to the statement about Michael Vick, he obviously dont live by his own words, when free speech and fighting for your rights, is only allowed as long as it not one of his friends or idols.

Now here is another example of a celebrity speaking on the behalf of Michael Vick.

Mos Def (rapper) is making an even more ridiculous and stupid statement. For example:

In his statement he is:
1 Comparing dogfighting with UFC fighting
2 Saying vick was found guilty without evidence
3 Saying vick found guilty cause of his purple suit
4 Saying it is a conspiricy from the government to take down the biggest NFL player because he earns to much money and is a black man

My response to that: Read More

Neglected Dog

The neglected dog looks such a sight! His coat is full of fleas!
Yet once he filled you with delight! He really loved to please!
The neglected dog has tapeworms, too! They’re ghastly to behold!
Yet once this dog showed love for you! He once was good as gold!
The neglected dog has matted hair and sores upon his feet!
Yet once you combed him with such care till he looked cool and neat!
The neglected dog has eyes that fall… He’s lost the will to live!
Yet once he answered every call! He had so much to give!
The neglected dog lies flat and still… He hasn’t fed in days!
Yet once you cared when he was ill! Now who cares if he prays! ?
The neglected dog pleads for your love! Is that too hard a task! ?
Yet once your love was quite enough! He didn’t need to ask!
The neglected dog has passed away… It’s too late… anyhow…
Though once you loved him day-by-day… Too late to pet him now…

Author: Denis Martindale