Monday, July 11, 2011

Dog found with teeth sawed off

By Jason Old, WIS

The people at PETS, Inc. see animals come through the door in bad shape everyday, but some there say this one takes the cake.
A dog they've named "Cowboy," walked in their doors timidly Saturday with a tennis ball in his mouth and bite wounds from the nose to tail. When they opened his mouth to determine his age, they were shocked to see that all of his teeth had been broken or sawed off, indicating that he had been used as a "bait dog" to train juvenile Pit Bulls for fighting.
The skinny Pit Bull was found on Friday in Gaston, an area that has produced other abused dogs, according to PETS, Inc. Cowboy's neck has a gray ring of broken hair typical of a dog who has struggled against a chain, shelter employees said.
When he first got to PETS, Inc., Cowboy paid no attention to the employees or to any of the other dogs in the room. He was solely focused on the tennis ball that was given to him by the young woman who found him.
"It's time that we all spread the word and ask everyone to keep their eyes open for suspicious illegal behavior in that area," a PETS, Inc. representative said. "The HSPCA has a standing reward of $5,000 for anyone with information that will lead to a conviction for dog fighting in South Carolina. Gaston is a great place to start looking."
Meanwhile, Cowboy is resting with a foster family. He is not currently available for adoption because PETS, Inc. employees are still doing a medical evaluation and other tests on the dog. According to the folks at PETS, Inc., he seems to be excellent with small children and oddly indifferent to other dogs.
If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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Update July 25, 2011 - The following article is by Tenessa Jennings, WIS:

Dog found with teeth sawed off returns to shelter

On Saturday, August 6 the Lexington Young Professionals and PETS will host a dog wash to promote awareness of illegal dog fighting.

This event is in honor of a dog named “Cowboy” who was used as a "bait dog" to train juvenile Pit Bulls for fighting.

The skinny Pit Bull, Cowboy was found in early July on Sandy Run Road in Gaston, an area that has produced other abused dogs, according to PETS.

When PETS tried to examine the dog to determine his age, they found that all his teeth had been sawed off.

The Dog Wash will help raise money to cover Cowboy’s medical expenses and for printing and distribution costs to help get the message out about victimizing pets.

PETS, Inc will be offering "Cheap Shots" vaccinations and free pet identification registration.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 300 Orchard Dr., West Columbia, SC 29170.

For more information or to make a donation call (803) 739-9333.

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