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Tuesday, Feb 8, 2005County: Delaware
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
The discovery of a dead pit bill - with duct tape binding its snout - in a trash can behind a shuttered restaurant this week has convinced local authorities that illegal dog fighting continues in Muncie and Delaware County.
The mauled condition of the dog's body and the duct tape - to prevent the dog from biting - convinced the superintendent of the Muncie Animal Shelter that the pit bull had been used by dog fighters.
"This dog has definitely been used as a bait dog for training fighting dogs," Karen Gibson said.
Muncie police began their investigation Tuesday, just hours after the pit bull's remains were found in a Toter behind a former Chinese restaurant on South Madison Street.
Promoting an animal fighting contest has, since July 2002, been a class D felony in Indiana.
The brown and white dog was found with duct tape around its neck and muzzle so it couldn't defend itself. The dog's front legs were torn, presumably by another dog.
- The Star Press - Feb 10, 2005
- WHAS - Feb 11, 2005
- The Indianapolis Star - Feb 11, 2005
- WFIE - Feb 11, 2005
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