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Dog Fighting, Animal Cruelty on Rise in Washington, DC; 4 Cases in One Week

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

The nation's capital city, Washington, D.C., has been the site of four horrendous acts of animal cruelty in just one week, says Scott Giacoppo, Vice President of External Affairs for the Washington Humane Society. “This amount of violence toward animals in a one-week span isn't unusual, "but we have noticed an increase overall this year,” he told the DCist.

Dog Fighting

On Wednesday morning, a Pit Bull with severe bite wounds consistent with dog fighting was found in the alley on the 4300 Block of Gorman Terrace SE. WHS officials state that the evidence suggests the dog was dumped at this location rather than sustaining the injuries there.

The suffering animal was immediately transported to an emergency veterinary hospital for treatment but ultimately had to be euthanized due to the extent of her wounds.

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A second Pit Bull with dog-fighting wounds over his entire body was found in the woods near 602 46th Place SE that same morning with three jagged lacerations on its neck consistent with an attempt to slit his throat, WHS reports.

Scott Giacoppo, states that the second Pit Bull has so far survived. "That dog did make it through and is being treated," he said. “He's not out of the woods yet, but we are giving it our all,"

Two Cats Brutalized

On Thursday morning WHS states that a deceased cat was found on the 600 block of 46th Place SE with its head crushed in a manner that indicates an act of intentional violence. Later a second cat was found with trauma to its face and jaw. Sadly, the "cat had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries," according to WHS.

Giacoppo says that there have been 100 additional cases of animal cruelty, including animals used in fighting, reported already in 2013 over last year.

WHS reminds Washington, D.C. residents to be alert for anyone abusing or neglecting an animal. Anyone with information of such acts is asked to immediately contact WHS officer Dan D’Eramo at [email protected] or (202) 723-5730. A $5,000 reward is being offered in each case.

Source: DCist