Locals Take Action Against Dog Fighting

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Local animal lovers are getting together to stop dog fighting in our area that they say is an overlooked problem. This fight to end the illegal activity comes after two pit bulls were found on the side of the road almost dead.

The story of the two pit bulls has really sparked so much attention to the dog fighting issue. Already over $10,000 has been raised to help the two dogs out.

Local animal activists say the two pit bulls, Vonn & Esperanza, are living proof that dog fighting exists.

"We will find the people who did that to the two dogs who are sitting in our clinic. If they are watching this, I want them to know that,” said Gwendolyn Inocencio, an animal activist.

Both pit bulls were found last week near Millican, left for dead. They went from extreme critical condition to stable and recovering. Their deep scars have left a mark on the community.

“The horrific event has made people come forward and seek us out to help with this. There's obviously the interest and the want to do it,” said Inocencio.

A group of volunteers formed an action committee to help law enforcement tackle the dog fighting issue. These activists say there's stories, but no concrete evidence for police to track down suspects.
The answer to them is a blog where people can post what they see and hear.

"We can start piecing together patterns, and we can start piecing together locations, and we can create a web of networking to where we can give the sheriffs the information they need to do something about it. Just random disconnected information doesn't do much,” Inocencio said.

The blog is now active on www.mylongwayhome.org.

The committee will award people who participate $500 if their tip leads to an arrest.

The goal to catch whoever did this to Vonn & Esperanza has turned animal lovers into animal activists.

"It's just absolutely disgusting and it makes my stomach turn. I just can't stand it. I don't have a lot of money, but I have some spare time and connections and I will do whatever I can to help out,” said Jaimie Morrisroe, an animal activist.

The Humane Society of the United States also offers a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.

The blog is at http://www.mylongwayhome.org/blog/