Injured pit bull may have wounds from illegal dog fight

6:39 AM, Sep 14, 2010   |    comments
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Muskegon Heights, MI (WZZM) - A pit bull found suffering in Muskegon Heights Monday has wounds that suggest it was hurt in a dog fight.

"We walked up to her and we could see that her ears were ripped really bad and she had bites all over," says Patty David, who discovered the injured dog.

The pit bull was found in an alley behind E. Lincoln Avenue.

Members of the Alliance For Lakeshore Animals say it's more evidence there is a growing dog fighting problem in Muskegon County.

"It's evident from what we see coming into the shelters it's going on," says coalition member Connie Karry. "Why is no one arrested for dog fighting? I can't remember the last time anyone was arrested in Muskegon County for dog fighting."

They have tried to pressure police and political leaders to investigate dog fighting rings in the county, but coalition members say they have had little success.

"We have met with county commissioners, administrators and police chiefs," says coalition member Dr. Sandi Strandberg. "But there doesn't seem to be any action to move forward."

Coalition members think dog fighting disputes are behind some of the recent shootings and murders in Muskegon County. Dog owners, breeders and bettors have grudges over money, dogs and gambling.

"I definitely think it's related," says Dr. Strandberg. "The people we see in clinics are fiercely protective of their dogs. We've had people come in who say their dog was stolen and they will kill that person when they find them. They were serious."

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