Dog fighting is, unfortunately, all too common. This month, Iberia Parish Animal Control has been sheltering a couple dogs who appear to be victims of the abuse.
In the world of dog fighting, every animal is a victim. But it's not just the fighters in the ring who suffer. There's usually a "bait dog"-a smaller, weaker animal used as practice.
"People, as you could call them, that own and train fighting dogs use the bait dogs, basically as their decoy to train the fighting dogs," said Krista Burgett, Director of Iberia Parish Animal Control.
Burgett says several times a month, their officers' pick up dogs that show signs of fighting, which is usually scars, amputated ears, or aggression. It's hard to press charges because no one claims ownership.
"(It's) mostly abandoned property where they go and they chain these dogs up and they'll fight them then they'll move them," said Burgett.
Most often, dogs involved in fighting are so scarred both physically and emotionally, they cannot be rehabilitated. But, that's not always the case and IPAC is thorough about who they deem suitable for adoption.
And its survivors like Koy, who have a second chance. Koy is only 6-months old, but the scars around his mouth, neck, and body indicate he was used as a bait dog. Burgett says she's held off on euthanasia simply because he's so adoptable. But come Thursday, it will be his time to go.
"He's got the best temperament here and just wants a loving home," said Burgett. Unfortunately, when we get full, we have to euthanize for space and that's where we are right now with Koy."
Burgett is hoping someone will give Koy a fighting chance.
If you're interested in adopting Koy before he is euthanized Thursday, October 10, call Iberia Parish Animal Control at (337) 364-6311.
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