With Tuesday, April 8, being National Dogfighting Awareness Day, Beaumont Animal Services would like to bring attention to this country-wide problem and offer tips that we can all use to combat dogfighting in our community. Dogfighting is a serious crime and it has been reported in urban, suburban and rural settings in all regions of the country. We are not immune to this problem in our community either, with Beaumont Animal Services officers seizing over 30 pit bull dogs in 2013 for “training to fight” and several others for actual fighting.
How does Dogfighting Affect People?
Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states and it is often in association with other crimes such as illegal drug trafficking and violent crimes. Dogfighting not only hurts animals but also endangers a community’s safety. Illegal drugs and firearms are commonly found at the scene of animal fighting events. Young children brought to matches are desensitized to violence and are taught that cruelty is acceptable. Evidence shows that those who commit Dogfighting crimes and other forms of animal abuse are more likely to be violent towards people. According to a three-year-study by the Chicago Police Department, 65 percent of the people arrested for animal abuse crimes-including Dogfighting-were also arrested for violent crimes against people.
Warning Signs of Dogfighting Activity in Your Area
What YOU Can Do to Prevent Dogfighting in Your Area
Beaumont Animal Services takes Dogfighting and all forms of animal abuse seriously and will investigate all tips, complaints and suspicions of these crimes. If you prefer to remain anonymous you may also call Crime Stoppers at (409)833-TIPS.
For more information visit Beaumont Animal Services, located at 1884 Pine St. in Beaumont. Their hours are Monday thru Thursday from 10:00am till 6:00pm and Fridays from 10:00am till 5:00pm. You are also encouraged to like them on Facebook at www.facbook.com/beaumontanimalservices  and visit their web page located at http://beaumonttexas.gov/departments/animal-services/  for more updates. For more information on combating Dogfighting, please visit www.aspca.org .— Press release from Beaumont Animal Services