Monday, September 12, 2011

Halifax woman says she saved 47 dogs from fighting: Canada

A Nova Scotia woman who cares for injured dogs says organized fighting rings exist in the Halifax area and thousands of dollars can change hands during the secret fights.

Gail, whose last name is being withheld to protect her identity, says people concerned about the welfare of the dogs go to fights under the guise of willing spectators, then seize the animals and bring them to her.

"I've had dogs come in with legs hanging off, half their face gone. You name it, it's been done," she told CBC News.

Gail said over the past five years, she has rehabilitated 47 dogs from fights and adopted them out.

She said thousands of dollars are at stake when spectators bet on the fights.

"It could be like a $1,000 up to $10,000 depending on the dog. If it's a dog that has won multiple fights, the purse goes up. It just keeps going up and up and up," said Gail.

She said the fights happen in all parts of the Halifax region — in Spryfield, on the peninsula of Halifax and in North and East Preston. more