Archive for July, 2007

Lifeguard dogs patrol Italian beaches

July 31, 2007

Italian Newfie in action

La Dolce Vita–the Italians have added Lifeguard to the list of working dog titles. This summer around 200 canine lifeguards are helping the Italian Coast Guard, Air Force, Civil Protection Department and Red Cross patrol tourist-packed beaches and lakes. Click here for more details.

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NFL Quarterback Michael Vick and Dogfighting

July 24, 2007

NFL Quarterback Michael Vick was indicted for being involved in a pit bull dogfighting ring held on his property in Virginia. If convicted, Vick could face up to 6 years in jail.

Source Talks to ESPN
NFL Suspends Vick After Dog-Fighting Charges

NFL Tells Vick He Can’t Report To Camp
Nike Suspends Release of Shoe Tied to Michael Vick

Dogfighting, most famously seen in the Collesium during the Roman Empire, is still widely practiced today despite being inhumane and illegal in many countries. The organized fight between two dogs for the purpose of gambling has also been traditionally linked to organized crime and gangs.

According to the U.S. Humane Society, “Dogs used in these events often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection hours or even days after the fight. Other animals are often sacrificed as well. Some owners train their dogs for fights using smaller animals such as cats, rabbits or small dogs. These “bait” animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained through “free to good home” advertisements.”

Dogfighting FAQ sheet
ASPAs Ten Ways to Prevent Cruelty