Friday, January 24, 2014
Dog fighting a real problem
To the Editor:
On Jan. 18, a “pit bull terrier” named Samson was brazenly stolen while in the care of a local animal rescue group holding an adoption event in a pet store in North Charleston. It is well-known that this particular breed is often stolen, but what is being done about it and the corresponding problem of dogfighting?
I have been aware of the problem since moving to Summerville in 1997. The next summer I found five dead pit bulls thrown on the railroad tracks.
I didn’t understand at that time that the dead dogs were evidence of dogfighting in the area until I read an article in the “Summerville Journal Scene” June 18, 1998 about a pet Boxer who had been stolen from his front yard while his owner was doing yard work. She turned around and the dog was gone. He was found dead with his mouth and head taped shut in a creek bed in Knightsville with other dead dogs.
Since that time I have found several other dead dogs discarded in out-of-the-way places when I am walking my own dogs; the most recent finding was the week before Thanksgiving 2012. I reported that to the Charleston County Animal Control since it was in Lincolnville and an officer came out to get the remains. He told me he sees evidence frequently of this activity.
I have recently contacted the Dorchester Sheriff’s office and complained that they are not doing anything to stop the flourishing illegal dog fighting activity. There is no coordinated effort between the Frances C. Willis SPCA, Animal Control, and law enforcement that I am aware of.
I know if they wanted to do something, they could because where there is a will, there is a way. Laws could be enacted and enforced requiring registration of all dogs of this breed and making it illegal to breed them.
There could be a task force set up to coordinate efforts because this is not just about dogs, but about all kinds of criminal activity that is going on without any obstacles.
There is too much apathy about this very real problem.
Janet L. Frisco