The first step in combating dogfighting is for individuals to alert the authorities to any suspected or actual dogfighting activities in their area. Identification of the problem is the first step to a solution. The enforcement of animal cruelty laws begins with the individual—it is up to you and your neighbors to spread the word that dogfighting is not acceptable in your neighborhood.
If you see something, please say something—dial 911 to notify your local police or call the toll free tip line at 1-877-847-4787.
If you suspect dogfighting, contact your local police (911), your local animal control, or the toll free dogfighting anonymous tips hotline
Any other information pertaining to animal fighting (such as fight rings, training areas, participants, dead or injured fighting animals) should be forwarded to your local police department. Remember, reporting dogfighting will reduce violence and illegal activities in your neighborhood!
Despite being wonderful companion animals, pit bulls often attract the worst kind of dog owners—those who are only interested in them for fighting or protection. It's a shame what has happened to this loyal and affectionate breed. Despite its illegality, people are still training and breeding pit bulls to participate in dogfights across the country. Here are a few ways you can helDonate. BAD excepts all types of donations (monetary, use of building space for presentations/classes, animal or office supplies, services, gift certificates/products for raffles, etc.)p end this cruelty:
- Donate. BAD excepts all types of donations (monetary, use of building space for presentations/classes, animal or office supplies, services, gift certificates/products for raffles, etc.)
- Sign up for BAD’s newsletter, and join our Facebook fan page and cause. We’ll keep you up to date on dogfighting cases in Milwaukee and legislation across Wisconsin. You will also get to hear about the many educational events, community programs, and fundraising opportunities to get involved with to support BAD.
- Post our website and Facebook fan page to your blog, MySpace, Linkedin, Twitter, or Facebook profile to encourage others to join the fight.
- Volunteer! MADACC is facing a pit bull dilemma every day. Volunteer to help keep adoptable pit bulls and pit mixes mentally and physically fit by exercising them and giving them such much needed love. You can also lead a chew-toy drive at work to collect rawhides or hard rubber playthings to keep them busy. Or, help hold a fundraiser to support BAD so we can continue to expand our program across Milwaukee to prevent more dogs from suffering the untold horrors at the hands of dogfighters. Even just donating your services (graphic design, writing, etc.) are a great help! Contact us for more information.
- Alert the media! Your local newspaper and television station are always looking for stories, especially investigative ones—be sure to contact them about the cruelty and dangers of dogfighting.
- Keep your eyes and ears open. If you suspect dogfighting in your own neighborhood, contact the police or your local animal control officer. Provide as much information as you can, such as the date and time you noticed something wrong, the address or location, and what led you to believe there was dogfighting taking place.
- Protect your pets. Dogfighters sometimes steal companion animals to use as bait dogs. Don’t let your animals outside without supervision, and make sure they have proper identification tags and are microchipped.
- Adopt a pit bull and let your perfect pooch be an ambassador for the breed! Be sure to read into the characteristics and needs of pit bulls before you start your search.
- Set a good example for others. If you are already the proud parent of a pit bull, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. And always let others know what great companions they make!
- Educate others in your community about the horrors of dogfighting and start a neighborhood watch program.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
- Teach your children. Do your kids have questions about dogfighting? Visit the ASPCA’s Animaland website for information about dogfighting that's written especially for kids.
If you have a soft spot for pit bulls and want to help BAD, consider volunteering:
- Helping at various events (educational, outreach, court advocates, fundraising, etc.)
- Distributing flyers for educational outreach and events promotions