To report suspected dog fighting activity, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
and the Ontario SPCA at 310-SPCA (7722) 1-888-668-7722 ext. 327
or your local Ontario SPCA Branch, Affiliated SPCA or Humane Society or police.
What is Dog fighting?
"An illegal blood sport that pits dogs against one another for spectator entertainment and often betting. The sport was popular in England in the 1700s, and many modern breeds were developed from these fighting dogs' lines. Fighting dogs are trained, and genetically predisposed, to fight to the death, rather than to display normal submissive signals that would allow two dogs to resolve a disagreement quickly and safely." - OSPCA
Excerpt from Ottawa Humane Society Enews:
Dogfighting is prevalent everywhere. The Michael Vick case in Virginia, USA highlighted the issue. In Ontario there were charges laid in 2004 against a man who ran dogfights in the Barrie area and in 1999 the OPP seized 19 pit bulls from an alleged dogfighting ring near Beeton. In all, the OSPCA and its affiliates have investigated more than two dozen cases of alleged dogfighting in the past 30 years, with only a small percentage resulting in convictions.
Unfortunately, many of these organized fights draw American dog owners, who are not intimidated by Canada’s relatively soft dogfighting legislation (the maximum penalty is $2,000 or six months in jail).
Please consider writing your MP to let him/her know that Ontario is no place for dogfighting rings.
How to recognize a dog fighting property:
Multiple pit bulls on the site who appear to be abused, injured, not neutered, and often unsocialized. You may see lots of traffic going into and out of the property.
Fighting dogs will usually have scars on the face, front legs, hind ends and thighs, mangled ears, swollen faces, puncture wounds and scars.
In rural areas, they're usually restrained with heavy logging chains, often padlocked onto serious large collars; in urban areas, they are usually kept in basements.
Various conditioning equipment will likely be on the property including treadmills, often homemade and you may notice a harness or chain used to tether the dog to the contraption.
A fighting pit, usually with scratch lines, are about 14 to 20 square feet with walls about 2 to 3 feet high and will likely have blood stains on the floor/walls. Pits can also be made of chain link fence or an assortment of makeship items ie hay bales. The pit will have scratch lines, which indicate where the handlers restrain the dogs in their "corner" until referree signals their release to fight.
Other items on the property would include washing tubs which the fighters use to wash their opponent's dog prior to the fight to ensure any poison or caustic substances applied to the dog in order to cheat are removed.
There will also be veterinary supplies, drugs, steroids and vitimins.
Break sticks, used to pry open the dog's mouth when it bites in order to break up a fight.
Rope springpoles, tire swings, will often be suspended from a tree or overhead beram and are used to condition the dog's jaws and grip.
Cat or Jenny Mills are often present. These contraptions are used to encourage the dog's prey drive and to condition them. They place a live cat or bait dog (often stolen pets) into the cage, or tied to a spike infront of the restrained pit bull.
You may also notice various illegal dog fighting publications on the property.