INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Humane Society of Indianapolis says dog fighting is aproblem in the area. Now they believe have proof after a dog withnumerous injuries had to be put down.
Two Samaritans made a horrific find on the city's north side.They discovered a pit bull terrier that appeared to be a victim ofan intense dog fight.
According to the Humane Society, the good Samaritans saw the dogFriday night sitting on the side of the road here near 71st Streetand Guion Road.
"When the good Samaritans found him they didn't know if he hadbeen hit by a car. Who wants to believe we would actually fightdogs in the city" said Indianapolis Humane Society Shelter DirectorChristine Jeschke.
The couple took the injured dog to the Humane Society. He wastaken straight into surgery.
"It was hard not to cry. It was gut wrenching, he had bloodgushing from him. It was sad. Somebody fought this dog in theirbackyard or in a vacant house or in an alley not far from thisshelter," said Jeschke.
At first there was hope the dog could be saved. But when theveterinarians examined the dog they found the animals body wascovered with more than 50 puncture wounds.
"We've got new injuries from the last 24-48 hours. We have oldinjuries from a few weeks ago. Then we have injuries that are sixmonths or more," said Shelter worker Nina Gaither.
X-ray's showed both of the dog's front legs had been broken overtime. The totality of the injuries were too severe. The decisionwas made to euthanize the animal.
Shelter workers decided to name the dog Valor. Not because ofthe life he lived but because of the way he behaved in the finalmoments of his life.
"The most humane time of his life was probably the last hour hespent here" said Jeschke.
Shelter workers say Valor's wounds suggest he had been involvedin dog fights for several years.
"It's a problem here. And this dog is evidence that this isn't anew problem" said Gaither.
She along with her co-workers want to raise public awarenessabout the problem of dog fighting and animal cruelty.
They ask citizens to call police, Crime Stoppers, or animalcontrol, anytime they suspect dog fighting may be going on in theirneighborhood.
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