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Stray dogs receive treatment
Thursday, 05 July 2012
STRAY: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Daisy.
A STRAY dog found with bites on her legs and body could have been used in illegal dog fighting.
The Staffordshire bull terrier, named Daisy, was found wandering in Pitsea.
Animal welfare officers at Basildon Council are concerned that she could have been used as a ‘bait dog’.
‘Bait’ animals are used to test a dog’s fighting instinct; the dog is restrained or held while another dog is set upon it.
Sarah Moran, Basildon Council’s animal control officer, said: “This are not the first case we have seen and we believe that people are giving their dogs away thinking someone else will give it a good home, not knowing what may really happen to it.
“We not only promote responsible ownership but responsible re-homing as well. Owners looking to hand over their pets should be wary”
Dog fighting has been illegal in England since 1835 but the RSPCA have highlighted a rise in the number of reports about dog fighting in recent years.
These often relate to instances of people fighting their animals in public places.
Another injured dog was found by a member of public, a lurcher, named by officers as ‘Lucy’, which was found with a fractured leg in Dunton, Laindon.
Both dogs were taken to the PDSA who then handed them over to Basildon Council’s animal control service where they will stay safely in kennels until they are well enough to be re-homed.
Anyone interested in re-homing Lucy or Daisy, can call Acresway Kennels on 01268 770402.
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