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Victim of Dog Fighting Brought to Humane Society of Indianapolis

Five-year-old dog found on north side latest casualty of bloodsport.

A five-year-old dog is the latest victim of dog fighting in Indianapolis. “Valor” was found by Good Samaritans on Guion Rd. north of 71st St. last night and brought to the Humane Society of Indianapolis (HSI) for medical attention. The dog was injured too badly to be saved and serves as an unfortunate reminder that the vicious “sport” of dog fighting is alive and well in Indianapolis.

Two Good Samaritans noticed a huddled mass on the side of the road shortly after rush hour. They pulled over, opened their door, and Valor, a tan, five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier, limped towards them. They wrapped him in a sleeping bag and drove him to HSI, hoping that he could be helped.

Our medical team immediately recognized Valor was the victim of dog fighting. In spite of the severity of injuries, he remained calm and docile, and was easily sedated for a thorough exam, wound treatment, and radiographs.

The dog, an unaltered male with no identification, suffered more than 50 puncture wounds, many new and profusely bleeding, some scarred and healing. The worst of the punctures was on his chest, which bled severely throughout the exam. Both front legs had been broken – one so severe and recent that it would have required amputation, as it could not have been cast to heal. The other, which had an old fracture, had only two toes – likely from a genetic defect – and was so badly misshapen that it couldn’t have held his weight if the other were to be amputated.

Due to Valor’s extensive wounds, the risk for infection, and his inability to bear weight on his forelegs, Valor was humanely euthanized.

“Valor is unfortunate proof that dog fighting is a problem in Indianapolis,” said Christine Jeschke, our director of shelter operations. “You always hear about it in other cities, but it happened in someone’s back yard not far from us tonight.”

We reported the incident to the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Dog Fighting Task Force, charged with investigating cases like Valor’s.

Dog fighting can happen anywhere, and you can help stop it:

If you know of a dog fight in progress, call 911.

If you notice suspicious signs of dog fighting or animal cruelty such as puncture wounds, treadmills in yards, or dogs who appear in poor health on heavy chains and left outside at all times, call 262-TIPS to report anonymously.

If you suspect animal cruelty, call Animal Care and Control at 327-1397 or the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC. Ask for a case number so you can follow up to ensure a resolution.

For more information, see the Indy Pit Crew’s Dog Fighting resources and download the Dog Fighting Awareness tip sheet.

To support animal-welfare efforts in Indianapolis, donate to the Humane Society of Indianapolis or volunteer.

WARNING: the photographs of Valor and his wounds at the following link are graphic and may be considered disturbing. Images of Valor can be viewed here.

UPDATE:Thank you to the following for sharing the horrific reality of dog fighting in Indianapolis in the following news stories:
WRTV 6: Badly Wounded Dog Likely Victim Of Organized Fight
FOX 59: Dog fighting victim left for dead
WTHR 13: Humane Society sounds alarm over dog fighting in Indianapolis
WISH TV 8: Pit Bull injured during possible dog fight