The Humane Society of the United States and private citizens are offering a total $4,250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people involved in a suspected dog-fighting ring in Spokane Valley.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service employees were called earlier this month to Trentwood Elementary School, 14701 E. Wellesley Ave., where a brown pit bull was found injured and tied to a garbage bin. The dog was covered in blood and eventually had to be euthanized because its injuries were so severe.
Photos of the scene showed enough blood on the ground to indicate a second dog was involved and may have died from blood loss, officers said in a news release.
SCRAPS is asking anyone with information to call (509) 477-2532 immediately. First degree animal cruelty and animal fighting both are felonies, punishable by five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
SCRAPS also offers these tips to help people recognize dog-fighting in their neighborhoods:
—Multiple pit bulls in one yard with locked or privacy fences. Dogs individually tied out, unable to reach other dogs;
—Dog wearing tight, thick collars;
—Dogs with scars on their heads, throats, legs and ears;
—Tires or pieces of leather suspended several feet off the ground from trees to provide jaw-strengthening activities;
—Treadmills for exercising dogs;
—Materials dog fighting pits are made from, including: plywood panels with blood splatter and blood-stained carpets;
—Dogs leashed with heavy chains to metal posts in the ground with or without weights on their collars;
—Dogs frequently being moved in cages from a house;
—Dogs and people coming and going frequently from a site and gathered in “unusual” places such as an abandoned house, empty warehouse, residential basement or barn;
—Dogs forced to pull heavy items such as chains or tire rims to strengthen muscles;
—Extreme, uncontrollable aggression toward other animals, especially other dogs.