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Case ID: 18984
Classification: Fighting, Neglect / Abandonment, Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Friday, Dec 2, 2011

County: Pima

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 3 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

On December 2, 2011, a Good Samaritan responded to an advertisement on Craigslist. The advertisement indicated that a dog had been found in the area of Hughes Access Road & Old Nogales Highway. The person who placed the advertisement was appealing to the public for assistance as they did not have the financial means in which to care for the animal. In the advertisement it indicated that one of the dog's legs had been amputated and that it was in dire need of help. Unable to refuse, the Good Samaritan agreed to take the dog.

The Good Samaritan took the dog to the Acacia Animal Hospital at River Road and Campbell Avenue where it was evaluated. According to the veterinarian, the dog had suffered a traumatic amputation of one of the hind legs and had broken bones in two of his other legs. He was severely malnourished and had obvious bite marks, old and new injuries from repeated dog fighting and pellets in his system from being shot multiple times.

At this time, the dog will continue to receive needed care at the hospital until such time that he can be cared for by a foster family. Ultimately, it is hoped that a permanent home can be found for this dog.

Detectives from the Community Problems Unit believe the dog was used as a "bait" dog. This is one of the cruelest acts performed by man. Bait dogs are what the term implies: dogs (and even cats) are used as bait to further the practice of the dogs that fight in the "ring." And bait dogs do not stand a chance. The perpetrators behind the dog fighting do not just use the innocent dogs; they file their teeth down to the gum line, remove their nails or tape their muzzle shut. Bait dogs are not expected to live and the majority do not.

If you'd like to help with Chocolate Boy's vet expenses, please contact Acacia Animal Hospital at 520-308-4225, or visit their website at

Anyone who recognizes the dogs or has any information about the case is asked to call 911 or 520-88-CRIME (520-882-7463).

88-CRIME Crime Stoppers provides several methods of anonymously submitting a tip which includes a telephone number, Web Tips and text messaging to encourage citizens in the community to give vital information that can be helpful to law enforcement in fighting crime

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Crime Stoppers
(520) 882-7463


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