SHEFFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio – Two dogs are being nursed back to health after they were found with obvious signs of abuse.
On Sunday, the police were called to Lake Breeze Road where the stray pit bull and American bulldog were running loose near the Carousel Swim Club. According to volunteers with Multiple Breed Rescue, they weren’t wearing a collar and it was clear the dogs were dumped or managed to escape from a house where they were being used in dog fights.
“It’s a horrible thing,” said Lauren Jacenty from Multiple Breed Rescue. “You get these dogs in the shelters that have obvious bite wounds and, or, you’ll get a lot of the dog fighters, they’ll breed these pit bulls, they’ll breed the puppies and they will not--if they don’t have a fighting instinct, they’ll just dump them, so that’s why the pounds are often filled with pit bulls. It’s one of the causes of it.”
Both dogs were taken to a local vet who confirmed the injuries were likely connected to dog fighting, while there were also indications they escaped from somewhere.
“These two dogs were dumped in a very populated area,” said Jacenty. “Somebody saw something and that’s our biggest thing with the rescue--we want people to know that it’s okay, report it, somebody saw these dogs get dropped off, somebody saw them wandering the field and all we can do is hope we get the word out and somebody helps tip us off.”
The dogs are expected to recover and the volunteers will work to find them a good home. According to Jacenty, information about a possible dog fighting ring can be reported to local police or the Humane Society of the U.S., for a possible cash reward.
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