An­i­mal used as bait to train fight dogs

In­jured stray had bite marks and his teeth filed down to stop him fight­ing back

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A dog found blood­ied on the streets of Peter­bor­ough was used as bait to train other dogs for il­le­gal fights, it is be­lieved. The stray cross­breed was found in Fen­gate on Sun­day with bite marks around his neck af­ter col­laps­ing through de­hy­dra­tion.

The sick an­i­mal had blood on his nose where a muz­zle had been tightly strapped on, and he had even had his teeth filed down which would stop him from defending him­self against other dogs as he was used as bait.

Peter­bor­ough dog war­den Barn­abyMur­phy­saidthiswas the first bait dog he had ever en­coun­tered with its teeth filed down. He added: “He’s a re­ally sweet lit­tle dog.

“I picked him up on Tues­day­morningand­he­was­clear- ly timid. He weed him­self ob­vi­ously through fear.

“Ev­ery time he was out his tail was be­tween his legs and his head was down. He acted like he did not want to be seen.”

The dog, a cross­breed of a Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier and Chi­nese Shar-Pei, is no more than three years old.

He was found ex­hausted in the in­dus­trial area of Fen­gate and was looked af­ter by a mem­ber of the pub­lic, be­fore be­ing­tak­en­tothe­do­g­war­den.

He was taken to Ravenswood Pet Res­cue in Wis­bech and is now be­ing looked af­ter by fos­ter car­ers while a new home is found.

Mr Mur­phy said: “Dog fight­ing is cer­tainly known to go on in Peter­bor­ough. Ev­ery­thing about it is il­le­gal but it still hap­pens.

“If you’re giv­ing dogs away, make sure you are clued up to who you are giv­ing it to.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked­to­call the RSPCAcru­elty line on 0300 123 4999.

The bait dog found in Fen­gate

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