Get Tough On Dog Fighting #GetTough


Yesterday was National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. Although, I missed the chance to tell you about it yesterday, I still think it is an important message to share.

The ASPCA is asking animal advocates across the country to Get Tough on Dog Fighting.

ASPCA responders work very hard to save animals from abuse and punish abusers for their heinous crimes. Although the ASPCA is working hard to eradicate dog fighting, it is still prevalent in every part of the United States, despite being classified as a felony offense.

Dog fighting grew initially as a post Civil War form on entertainment for police officers and firemen. Dogs who were bred to fight, were raised to never give up, even if that meant they were killed.


Sadly, these days dog fighting doesn’t just include dogs. Many abusers try to increase dog aggression by using smaller animals as bait. Although many media publicized dog fighting cases include people of a stereotypical nature, many dog fighting audiences include lawyers, teachers, and other community leaders.

How does the ASPCA stop dog fighting?

The ASPCA is working to eradicate all types of bloodsports. Their primary strategy is to investigate potential abusers, and raid their facilities. At the end of every case, and raid, placement specialists from the ASPCA work to find all abuse survivors loving homes.

How YOU can make a difference:

1. Support Stronger Legislation: You can visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to keep up to date on dog fighting legislation in your state.

2. Alert the Media: Be sure to tell your local news channels about potential animal cruelty cases in your area.

3. Protect Your Pets: Dog fighters have been known to steal animals to use as bait. Make sure your pets have proper identification, and don’t leave them outside without supervision.

4. Adopt A Pit Bull: Let your pet be an ambassador for this loving breed.

5. Take action by signing the petition asking the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to continue to crack down on dog fighting.


6. Download the FREE digital toolkit which includes social media graphics, a printable poster, and more right here!

7. Take a Picture with the printable poster and share it your social media channels using the hashtag #GetTough.

Let’s take a stance!

In addition to today’s post, I also have a Guest Post on Dog Toy Safety Tips, live at

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15 Comment

  1. Reply
    Two French Bulldogs
    April 9, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Spread the word!!
    Lily & Edward

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    Carol Bryant
    April 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I love this image of you and Rooney for starters. Fab topic and one that needs to be talked about til it stops!
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    April 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

    These posts make me so happy! It’s great to see those who don’t own pitbulls still acknowledging the fact that they want dog fighting to end. Pressuring politicians is a very important step in ensuring that BSL and dog fighting remains a priority.

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    Aimable Cats
    April 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I have heard some states were also making it illegal to watch a dogfight.

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    Kristen–well minded
    April 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Such an important cause. Great of you to help spread the word. We #GetTough, too!
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    April 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    So great of you to spread the word to get tough on dog fighting. I signed the ASPCA’s petition for the DOJ yesterday. It is beyond awful that dog fighting exists and it makes me sad and angry. We need to put an end to this for the protection of all dogs.
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  7. I think it is great you shared this even though you couldn’t yesterday. In fact, we should be talking about it all year. Not just on April 8!
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    Spencer the Goldendoodle
    April 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Love your photo! This is too important of a topic for just one day! Thank you for continuing to spread the word!

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    Christine & Riley
    April 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    It’s so hard to believe that people do this… I am going to try and make a change…. I rescued Riley from Craigslist because a rescue was afraid she would be used as a bait puppy… people are just crazy!
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    April 9, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    We support this campaign too and have done photo’s with Speedy in them,great post today,xx Rachel
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    Beth | Daily Dog Tag
    April 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I couldn’t post about it yesterday either, but I’m hoping to soon. It is such an important message! I’m glad you were able to post today!
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    Groovy Goldendoodles
    April 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Something we should be talking about all year long not just on April 8th. Love your #GetTough photo! Thanks for posting this, and have a great weekend.
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    April 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Great message, there is strength in number. Spread the word and they WILL have to listen to us!

    Thanks for sharing Rachel
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    The Island Cats
    April 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Dog fighting has to stop!
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    Victoria Carter
    April 11, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I’m glad that there are so many people sharing this message, but it can be so dishearting to think that there are still so many left to reach.
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