McKamey Animal Center says dog fighting a growing problem in Chattanooga
The McKamey Animal Center (MAC) is investigating a horrible case of animal cruelty in our area.
A pit bull died after being found injured in a garbage pile last week off Lightfoot Mill Road.
The people with McKamey Animal Center believe the injuries were from dog fighting. MAC is offering a $6,000 reward for information about the case.
Executive Director Jamie McAloon says dog fighting is becoming a problem in Chattanooga, and they house dogs who are victim to it nearly every day.
She says any person who would leave a dog on the side of the road to die needs to be punished.
"This is unacceptable,” McAloon said. “Anybody that would leave a dog in that condition on the side of the road to suffer, and this dog suffered, is not safe in this society. This person is going to hurt humans as well.”
McAloon says a sanitation worker found the dog crawling out of the garbage.
"We responded to the scene and discovered this dog had been severely injured. It had very traumatic injuries. Broken front legs, numerous, hundreds of bite marks all over its body,” McAloon said.
No one is surprised the dog didn't survive. She says other dogs have been abandoned on Lightfoot Mill Road before.
"We see victims of dog fighting on a weekly basis, here at McKamey. The injured bodies. The deceased bodies and we are seeing evidence of dogs being fought here,” McAloon said.
McAloon says dog fighting can bring more problems to our area.
"It's something you don't want in your community because it brings all sorts of other crimes with it,” McAloon said.
Dog fighting and animal cruelty are class E felonies in Tennessee.
McAloon warns people to be aware of their surroundings because it can happen anywhere.
"It's always underground. I mean, they are fighting in basements. They are fighting in alleyways, fighting in abandon warehouses. They are keeping the dogs at their friends’ houses, girlfriends’ houses, and different places until they are ready to have a fight,” McAloon said.
A reward of $6,000 is being offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
If you know anything about this case, please call McKamey Animal Center at 423-305-6515, leave an anonymous tip by calling 423-305-6508 or click here to send an e-mail.
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