Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dog fighting operation suspected in Lansing

By Melissa Domsic, Lansing State Journal

Officials are investigating a suspected dog fighting operation after finding three pit bulls with severe wounds.
Ingham County Animal Control officers found a dog tied to a tree behind Wexford Montessori Magnet School in Lansing’s southwest side on July 20.
The 2-year-old male, dark-brindle pit bull had fresh wounds and old scars indicating he may have been involved in fighting. The dog received treatment from one of the department’s veterinarians.
On Tuesday, residents less than a mile away on Sumpter Street reported a stray dog with serious wounds, said Jamie McAloon Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter.
She believes the dog was used as a “bait dog” to train other fighting dogs and build their self-esteem.
“This dog is a trembling, fearful, scared little mouse. It wouldn’t hurt a fly,” McAloon Lampman said. “It’s been attacked several times.”
Both dogs are being treated by veterinarians at the shelter.
Workers from the Capital Area Humane Society will assess the dogs to see if they’re safe to be adopted.
McAloon Lampman said both pit bulls are showing affection and she’s hopeful for their rehabilitation.
Animal control has picked up at least one other dog from that area that was likely involved in fighting, she said.
“We think there’s definite fighting going on in that area,” she said.
Last week, the Humane Society of the United States announced it is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that helps authorities with the dog found near the school.
The county’s animal control department has the authority to write warrants and seek charges. Dog fighting and many activities involved with dog fighting are felonies punishable by up to four years in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to call at (517) 676-8376 or email jmcaloon@ingham.org.

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