You Can Help End Dog Fighting

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most powerful animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people. We are America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation, and neglect and also the nation’s most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.For questions or more information about dog fighting, contact The HSUS’s Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign at: or (202) 452-1100.

As utility workers, postal carriers, or public works employees, you may see signs of dog fighting as you go about your routine installations, deliveries, or maintenance work. We need your help!

  Reporting Dog Fighting to the Authorities

  • If you witness a dogfight in progress, call 911 immediately.
  • If you suspect that dogfighting is taking place at a residence, call the HSUS tip line at 1-877-TIP-HSUS. You can receive a reward of up to $5,000 from The HSUS if your tip leads to the conviction of a dog fighter. For information on how to claim a reward, visit
  • If you see an animal that appears to be neglected outside of involvement in dog fighting, please contact your local humane society, animal control or law enforcement agency

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What Can You Do To Help Stop Dog Fighting?

Learn how to spot the signs of dog fighting. If you suspect dog fighting activity, alert your local law enforcement agency and urge officials to contact the HSUS for practical tools, advice and assistance. If you live in one of the states where being a spectator at a dogfight is still a misdemeanor, please write to your state legislators and urge them to make it a felony. Post our dog fighting reward posters (link below) in your community.

  1. Spread the word about our $5,000 reward by requesting brochures and posters with information about our reward for you to post around your neighborhood.
  2. Help take a bite out of dog fighters. Urge your local radio station to run one of our public service announcements (available in English or Spanish) about our standing $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.
  3. You can also fund raise for local bus ads, billboards and PSA placements. Fundraising is a great way to get the kids involved: Have them hold a bake sale or car wash.
  4. Do you have friends who offer services or own stores? Have them donate half their proceeds of a weekend toward our Animal Cruelty Response and Reward Fund.
  5. Educate the masses (or at least your circle of friends). Order a copy of our educational video, "Life on the Chain, Death in the Ring," and invite your friends over for a viewing party. Pictures are worth a thousand words and there is no better way to get people motivated to do something than to let them see the problem. Host a party and then split into groups to plaster the city with reward posters.
  6. Want to go further? Have an official viewing in a public area (with permission, of course) and advertise the event. What a way to build a local coalition!
  7. If you live in a state where dog fighting penalties are deficient, write to your state legislators and urge them to upgrade the law. Wherever you live, urge your local, state and Congressional representatives to support better funding for enforcement of animal fighting laws.
  8. Learn about our grassroots End Dog fighting Campaign and get involved.
  9. Sign up to receive the HSUS's email alerts to get the latest news about our efforts to combat animal cruelty.
  10. Put a dedicated team on the animals' side by donating to our Animal Cruelty Response and Reward Fund.
  11. Write letters to the editor about the cruelty and dangers of dog fighting.
  12. Make friends with your local sheriff and bring animal fighting issues to his attention. Call or visit your local law enforcement office and bring them animal fighting reward posters. Even better, present law enforcement with statements from local animal control or shelter workers regarding the signs they see of animal fighting in the community.
  13. Let your sheriff know about the HSUS's day- long training courses for law enforcement on animal fighting with experts who discuss the signs of animal fighting and how to eradicate it. Once your sheriff is serious about cracking down on animal fighting, word will quickly spread that your town is no safe haven for animal fighters.
  14. Post our dog fighting video on your website, blog or social networking profile like Facebook to raise awareness about dog fighting.
  15. If you suspect dog fighting in your own neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. Urge your local officials to contact the HSUS for practical tools, advice and assistance. The HSUS has a standing reward—now doubled to $5,000—for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.

How To Spot Signs Of Dog Fighting In Your Community

  • An inordinate number of pit bull-type dogs being kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsocialized.
  • Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs and hind-quarters.
  • Dog fighting training equipment such as treadmills used to build dogs' endurance, "break sticks" used to pry apart the jaws of dogs locked in battle, tires or "spring-poles" (usually a large spring with rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs or unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours.

 Dog fighting is a inhumane blood sport where dogs who have been bred, conditioned and trained to fight are placed in a pit to fight each other for spectator entertainment and profit. Fights average one to two hours, ending when one of the dogs cannot continue. All the resources and information are provided the Humane Society of the United States  

Dog Fighting Fact Sheet

Here is more information about possible signs of dog fighting