National Dog Fighting Awareness Day is this Sunday, and The Moore County Sheriff’s Office, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse are partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help spread the word about National Dog-fighting Awareness Day.

National Dog-fighting Awareness Day takes place annually on April 8. It was established by the ASPCA to raise awareness about the prevalence of dog-fighting in the U.S., reveal little-known truths about the blood-sport and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty.

Sheriff Godfrey stated in a news release, “Dog-fighting is one of the most monstrous forms of animal cruelty. Forcing animals to maul each other for entertainment or profit has no place in our society.”

Despite being a felony in all 50 states, the ASPCA estimates that there are tens of thousands of dog-fighters in the United States forcing hundreds of thousands of dogs to brutally train, fight, and suffer as part of a so-called “blood-sport”.

Last year alone, the ASPCA rescued more than 300 dogs from 13 dog-fighting operations across 11 states, according to the news release.

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office is committed to this cause. Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Service Deputies are all trained on Animal Cruelty Investigations and have partnered with Federal Agencies targeting Dog-Fighting in Moore County.

“As an Animal lover, my Office is 100% committed to eradicating dog-fighting in Moore County,” said Sheriff Neil Godfrey. “We have sworn deputies whose primary responsibility is addressing our Moore animal service needs which includes specific training on dog fighting investigations. All deputies are aware of the dog-fighting signs and repeatedly follow up on reports from concerned citizens. I am happy to partner with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to make everyone aware of this heinous crime.”

For further information on National Dog-fighting Awareness Day please go to https://www.aspca.org.

Know the facts and report any concerns to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office: email at sheriff@moorecountync.gov, anonymous tip line (910) 947-4444, Sheriff’s Office (910) 947-2931.

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