‘This really does happen all over the country’
AN ACTION group set up to combat cruelty to animals in sports says that dog fighting is a problem across the country.
The League Against Cruel Sports says that while dogs and other animals being stolen and used as bait to train fighting dogs is also a known problem, it can be difficult to prove that this is why they have been taken.
Emma Sobhee, a spokesperson for the league, says: “Dog fighting is a common problem, and it happens up and down the country, but it is a very underground thing, and it it’s very hard to keep track of and to monitor.
“It’s a very secretive thing, but it really does happen all over the country, which is a surprise to most people.”
She added: “The issue of ‘bait dogs’ is also something that we are familiar with, and it does happen, but again it’s hard to prove exactly when this has happened.
“It’s understandable though that people will come to this conclusion if their pet goes missing and they have heard about dog fights happening where they live.
“It is just something that is hard to say has happened for definite when a dog goes missing, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t happen.”
The League Against Cruel Sports aims to prevent cruelty to animals used for sport, and works across the UK to help animals that have been used in this way.
Ms Sobhee said that dog owners can reduce the risks of their pets being taken by being vigilant.
She said: “If your dog is out in the garden, keep an eye on it, and make sure that it can’t get out.
“Also, when walking it, it’s often a good idea to keep it on a long lead.
“With cats it’s a bit more difficult as they come and go more than dogs, but again, it is just good to be vigilant.”