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Case ID: 16943
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Nov 18, 2010

County: Milwaukee

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A pit bull believed to be used in dog fighting was dumped in a Milwaukee park to die. Animal advocates want to find out who did this. It appears that someone tried to find this dog a loving home, but things went horribly wrong.

We want to immediately warn viewers some of the video you're about to see is graphic. A dog was eventually fished out of the lagoon behind me. It's believed she may have been in the 40 degree water at least an hour.

The noises of nature in Washington Park was eventually drowned out by an animal drowning on Friday. Willie Karidis of Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center left the building and headed to the nearby lagoon. As the animal Karidis struggled for its life, Karidis noticed that struggle may have already spanned years.

Animal tried to save the female pit bull, but her abuse was too great. The dog named Lucy had to be put down, a casualty of dog fighting.

Program Director of the Battle Against Dogfighting Jill Brown believes Lucy was used as a bait dog, essentially a chew toy for fighting dogs, then disposed of.

Lucy was micro chipped so animal control knows she was adopted from a shelter in Illinois by a woman who tried to find the dog a caring home online. She placed an ad on Craigslist "Free To Good Home".

Brown believes an owner interested in dog fighting eventually took advantage of the ad.

The advice is to anyone looking to give away a pet, do it through more protected channels like the Humane Society.

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