National Dogfighting Awareness Day is April 8!
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to combat dogfighting, a crime of animal cruelty.
ASPCA Break the Chain
About National Dogfighting Awareness Day:
National Dogfighting Awareness Day, which takes place annually on April 8, was established by the ASPCA to raise awareness about the prevalence of dogfighting in the U.S., reveal little-known truths about the blood sport, and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty.
Dogfighting is one of the most monstrous forms of animal cruelty. Forcing animals to maul each other for entertainment or profit has no place in our society.
Despite being a felony in all 50 states, the ASPCA estimates that there are tens of thousands of dogfighters in the United States forcing hundreds of thousands of dogs to brutally train, fight, and suffer as part of a so-called “blood sport.”
Dogfighting is often associated with other forms of criminal activity including illegal gambling and possession of drugs and firearms.
Last year alone, the ASPCA rescued more than 300 dogs from 13 dogfighting operations across 11 states.
Dogfighting Toolkit Information:
The COPS Office and the ASPCA have partnered to develop The Dogfighting Toolkit for Law Enforcement, an invaluable resource aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies in addressing dogfighting.
Dogfighting Toolkit for Law Enforcement
The Dogfighting Toolkit includes:
96-page illustrated manual, including the Dogfighting Community Action Guide
Registration information for the accompanying free online course, Combating Dogfighting
Quick Reference Card on recognizing and preventing dogfighting
The toolkit is available free of charge from the COPS Office to law enforcement agencies, investigators, prosecutors, animal control officers, veterinarians, and interested community partners.