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Case ID: 16192
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Friday, Jan 1, 2010

County: Washoe

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

It was cold that January day when Libby, a 7-month-old pup, was found wandering alone in an industrial area of Reno. A Washoe County Regional Animal Services officer found her there and brought her into their shelter.

Libby's ears had been crudely cropped very close to her head. Dogfighters crop ears this way to prevent another dog from getting a hold on them in a fight. Libby had abrasions on her face, neck and head, including a larger wound on her neck that was treated when she arrived at the shelter. She also had older scars on her head and body. The cropped ears and numerous wounds and scars on such a young dog are signs that she was probably used as a bait dog to train other dogs to fight.

While the local animal services agency is not aware of any active dogfighting rings in Washoe County, they always are on the lookout for dogfighting activity. If you suspect that dogs are being trained to fight or that there is dogfighting activity taking place, you should report it to Animal Services by calling 775-353-8901 and asking to speak to the field supervisor.

For Libby, there is a happy ending. When her stray hold period at the county shelter had passed, local news took her over to the Nevada Humane Society shelter. Her wounds have healed and in spite of her past trauma, she is loving and trusting both of people and other dogs. Recently, she was adopted by a lovely family that she adores and is adored by them, too.
Bonney Brown is the Nevada Humane Society's executive director.

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  • RGJ News - February 6, 2010

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