Baron, the rottweiler mix found abandoned and severely injured with both ears and his nose mutilated, was likely a victim of dogfighting.
Dogfighting is an absolutely disgusting and inhumane practice that is unfortunately still too common in our society. Not only are the dogs forced to hurt one another, the people who fight them will often harm the dogs themselves. While the people who did this to Baron still haven’t been caught, Baron’s horrific injuries point to what is likely dogfighting. They could be have been carried out on him as punishment for losing a fight or as a crude way of treating injuries he sustained from another dog. Because of the extent of his injuries, investigators assume more than one person must have been involved:
“I have a hard time believing that one person could hold the dog, cut off both ears, cut off his tail, injure his back legs and slice off his nose without the dog biting or getting away,”said cruelty investigator Mark Ramos. “For one person to do that, they would have to struggle, and the cuts are pretty clean. I think multiple people did this, at least two.”
Yet despite all of the horrible things he’s been through at the hands of people, Baron is still a happy dog and who just found this forever home. Nearly 300,000 people have now signed our Change.org petition to help find his abuser (thank you to each and every one!) and the Michigan Humane Society has reported an outpouring of support from people around the world.
While laws against dogfighting have helped curtail the practice significantly, it still happens far too often and according to the ASPCA, it has been reported in urban, suburban, and rural settings in all regions of the country.
The reward for information leading to the arrest of Baron’s abuser(s) is now up to $40,000 and anyone with information about Baron or those responsible for his injuries should call cruelty investigators at 313-872-3401.
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