Animal Rescuers: Dog Fighting Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

A day after 48 dogs were rescued in what authorities say were two separate dog fighting rings, animal rescuers say what we're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg.

Lynn Swanson does rescue work in Jones County and says it's her experience that Eastern Carolina has a culture of dog fighting in some areas. "The community's got a wound and it needs to be addressed. We recognize there is a problem, the problem's been around for a while."

Swanson says dog fighting gets down to a matter of someones character and says, "We're not going to put up with that level of violence."

While lawmen continue to zero-in on the dog fighting, Swanson says puppy mills are another problem that plague the east and deserve as much attention.


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  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    to Gloria, thank you, very well said, what is wrong with people these days, child abuse, animal abuse, elderly abuse and the list goes on, this country needs alot of prayers. Hope all will join and do so, and the preachers get involved also, and the politicians needs to look into passing stricter laws, and then follow through, w/o hotshot judges and lawyers...
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      by Jessie on Aug 6, 2011 at 07:52 AM in reply to ncyankee
      After doing bits of research apparently it's going to take a lot of Jones county residence to start asking the commissioners why we don't have animal control in a county that clearly needs it! Here is the list of names to start talking to: http://www.co.jones.nc.us/Government.htm
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      by Gloria on Aug 6, 2011 at 08:43 AM in reply to ncyankee
      It seems our society has gone into a non-thinking,non-caring, hostile era. Human beings were not designed to enjoy the sufferings of other people and animals. It is always a choice! To coin a used phrase..."We need to "STOP THE MADNESS!"
  • by Barbara Location: New Bern, NC on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    Any type of animal fighting is wrong and those involved should be given life sentences in a very small cage with nothing more than bread and water. These people are not fit to be animal owners or caregivers nor are they fit to be in our society. I rescued a dog from a person who was training another dog to fight and using this dog as a target. He turned out to be the sweetest most gentle dog I have ever had. He took a lot of TLC in the beginning be he gave us more than we could ever give him. We need to rid society of all these types of people. And get the dos to people who will love and take care of them.
  • by doglover Location: NC on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    To Jessie: It seems that because there was no animal control in your county, that is the reason why there are so many incidences of people having dog fights and keeping dogs in excess and breeding them. It's a shame, but maybe, just maybe, someone will finally do something about this and put some people in place to help fight against the building of the fighting dog population. Good luck!
  • by Jessie on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    So what do we do when the 'other guys' associated get wind and let their dogs go loose as Jones has no animal control and most of the time leaves it up to the citizens to deal with the rogue animals? When are we going to get a little more hip to the times and stop shielding our eyes that there is a REAL population problem in most of our eastern counties? I hope this opens some eyes and some mouths and people start letting the big wigs know we need more for the county!
  • by anon lawyer Location: wilson on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    I'm bettin' many of these same people who raise dogs for fighting and put on dog fights are "down home" Christian types who also believe that man has "dominion over the earth and animals" just for that purpose. Useless trash if you ask me.
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      by jerry on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:27 PM in reply to anon lawyer
      Agreed. Scum of the earth.
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      by toni on Aug 5, 2011 at 05:42 PM in reply to anon lawyer
      I hope you are wrong but it wouldn't surprise me. I cant believe so many people abuse these animals for their own enjoyment and to make money. I feel so bad for the ones used for fighting since they have to be put down.
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      by Gloria on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to anon lawyer
      I sincerely hope that a person would not consider themselves to be a Christian if they could be a part of such a gruesome activity...(Dog fighting and puppy mills) Any Christian knows that God has great pride in His animal creations. He put more animals on that ark than He did people!
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