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Dog Used as Bait in Pit Bull Fighting; Had His Teeth Sawed Off

5:44 PM, Jul 11, 2011   |    comments
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  • Cowboy (Picture: Pets Inc.)
  • Cowboy (Picture: Pets Inc.)

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Pets Inc. says they are working to help a pit bull that they believe was used as part of a dogfighting operation.

The male, which they've named "Cowboy," was found recently in Gaston by a woman who took him to their agency.

According to Pets Inc., the animal was used as a bait dog in dogfighting, which is when a helpless animal is put in front of other dogs to train them to fight.

"Bait dogs are dogs that are smaller in nature and they're used to train other dogs for fighting," explained Wayne Brunnessel, executive director for the Humane Society.

Brunnessel says it can be hard to track down these illegal rings.

"It's not something that's talked about openly and if it's talked about, it's talked about amongst people who are doing it. It's never going to be out in the open. I'm not naive enough to think that just because we're not hearing about it, it's not going on."

Pets Inc. employees say when they opened its mouth, they realized that its teeth had either been sawed or broken off. They say the animal had a ring of broken hair around its neck, which they say indicates it had struggled against a chain.

"We could see that he had been beaten up pretty badly," said Pets Inc. founder Jane Brundage, "but we were not really aware of how severe his condition was. As we raised his lips to see how old he was we realized that all his teeth had been knocked out or sawed off. This is someone who planned this and intentionally went through a lot of trouble to mutilate this dog."

The group says they have found other animals in a similar condition in Gaston, and want people with information to come forward. The Humane Society has a standing $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in dogfighting.

Pets Inc. is trying to get the dog adopted, and say the animal is good with small children and does not seem to notice other dogs.

Cowboy is going to need some dental work so he can eat properly. Anyone who would like to help with those costs should call PETS Inc., (803) 739-9333.

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