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Case ID: 19900
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Mar 28, 2013

County: Westchester

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

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A 9-month-old pit bull was euthanized Thursday with life-threatening injuries most likely sustained after it was used as a "bait dog" in a dog-fighting ring, SPCA officials said.

The male puppy was put to sleep by an area veterinarian who was not able to save it from several severe wounds and excessive blood loss, said Ernest Lungaro, director of the SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division.

The badly injured dog was found on a walkway, near a chain leash tied to a metal pole, between Somersville Road and Edwards Place in Yonkers.

The puppy suffered from multiple ailments, including bite wounds to the face and abrasions around his face, muzzle and head, Lungaro said.

"He was extremely emaciated and neglected and was mostly likely used as a bait dog in a fighting ring," the retired NYPD officer said in a statement. "The veterinarian also noted the animal had old scars from previous attacks."

The term "bait dog" usually refers to puppies, weaker or older dogs used to train other dogs to fight. They are often rendered defenseless by having their teeth removed or being tethered.

Lungaro asked anyone with information on the pit bull puppy or any dog fighting ring throughout the county to call the confidential animal cruelty hotline at 914-941-7797.

"Although dog fighting is a crime in New York State, we are constantly on the lookout for clandestine groups who fight the animals in Westchester County," said Lungaro.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
SPCA of Westchester HLE Division
914-941-7797


Case Updates

State authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual who left a severely injured puppy abandoned in Yonkers.

The New York State Humane Society announced the reward Tuesday, five days after the 9-month-old pit bull was found on a walkway between Somersville Road and Edwards Place.

The male dog suffered from multiple ailments, including canine bite wounds to the face and abrasions around his face, muzzle and head, said Ernest Lungaro, director of the SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division. The dog was also malnourished and emaciated, he said.

It later had to be euthanized by an area veterinarian due to the extent of the injuries.

Based upon the wounds and the discovery of older scars from previous attacks, it is likely the puppy was used as a "bait dog" in a dog-fighting ring, authorities said.

The term "bait dog" usually refers to puppies, weaker or older dogs used to train other dogs to fight. They are often rendered defenseless by having their teeth removed or being tethered, officials said.

Anyone with information on puppy is asked to call the SPCA's confidential animal cruelty hotline at 914-941-7797.

"The perpetrator of this crime must be brought to justice," the NYS Humane Society said in a statement.
Source: Briarcliff Daily Voice - April 2, 2013
Update posted on Apr 2, 2013 - 9:15PM 

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