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Illegal Dog Fight Gangs Target Family Pets

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7:01am 27th January 2014

Pirate FM has been told more and more dogs in Cornwall are being bought to fight.

Charity Last Chance Hotel says the number of so-called "bait dogs" is rising.

They are used to rile up animals and get them to attack.

But it is feared many are being tied up, tortured or left for dead.

The Redruth charity took in 130 last year.

Volunteer Linda Craven says "free to a good home" adverts attract gangs, looking for a cheap supply of animals: "They'll go and look at the dog and pretend they're going to look after the dogs really well. Then they keep them in cages or something. They'll bring them out, put them with the other dogs to rile them up. They're hungry, these other dogs, and they'll try and rip them to pieces.

"They'll bring them out a few times. They'll end up with wounds, which obviously aren't treated. They're not fed so they're just used as meat really.

"Naturally, most dogs are not vicious. They don't want to kill things unless you rile them up to get them into the state. They can make them more aggressive by finding any dog they can."

7:01am 27th January 2014

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