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    No Shame - Dog Fighters Use Children’s Playground to Train Dogs

    NewsWednesday 24 September 2014


    A childrens playground in Forty Hall, Enfield has become the latest site for dog fighters training their dogs to attack, bite and maul.



    The equipment in the playground is become repeatedly wrecked by heartless ‘owners’ training their dogs to fight by forcing them to hang off equipment by their jaws. The strategy of using a sack of piece of meat as bait for dogs is common among cruel dog fighters, as it strengthens the jaws and muscles of the animal. 


    Councillor Chris Bond, the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Protection highlighted the cruelty of dog fighting and his shock at a children playground being used in such a way.

    He said, “To actually train a fighting dog in a playground and condition it to behave violently around play equipment which is routinely used by toddlers is one of the most despicable things I’ve heard in a long time. These people are a menace to society and should be utterly ashamed of themselves. We want to catch them before one of these dogs attacks someone.”

    The dog fighters in the park around Forty Hall were most likely trying to replicate a springpole (above), making it more cruel by shortening the length of the rope so the animal hangs off its jaws in mid-air. 


    Replacing the equipment will cost the local council ‘a fortune’ and town hall bosses are now encouraging nearby residents of the park to aid in catching those responsible. 

    A spokesperson for the council stated that other security measures were being looked into: ‘The situation is now so serious that Enfield Council is looking to install CCTV cameras and increase park guard and park police patrols in the area in an effort to catch the people responsible.”


    Dog fighting, despite being outlawed after the Cruelty to Animals Act 1835, is still prevalent in the UK, commonly in built-up urban areas. Several documentaries exposing the underground world of dog fighting have been produced in recent years including the BBC’s My Weapon is a Dog and Channel 4’s more controversial Going To The Dogs.


    If you suspect dog fighting in your area, contact the RSPCA’s Cruelty Line on 0300 1234 999 or inform your local police.  


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