PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Somerset County Animal Control officers believe there's an active dog fighting ring in the area after finding a "badly injured" pit bull terrier wandering the streets in Princess Anne early Monday morning.
Officer Cindy Tawes, of Princess Anne, said it was two years ago when the last dog was rescued from a suspect dog fighting ring. But they're hoping information about the newly recovered pup leads them to the suspected dog fighting ring.
"When we went to get her, she was so innocent looking and it really brothers you because you're wondering how can anyone even do this to an animal," said Tawes.
Animal Control officers said a man reported a stray dog Monday morning. That's where the pit bull was found bundled up on the back porch of a home in Princess Anne.
"There's a puncture wound on her head," Tawes said. "She's got this one bad wound over here on her leg.
Donald Ford has worked at Animal Control for years. But he doesn't understand why someone would use of an innocent pet to fight to its death.
"It's animal abuse at the highest level you can get at right now," said Ford. "Why the public, or a certain small measure of the public would want to fight these dogs I can't understand."
Authorities said the dog was dumped not too far from Debra Finney's neighborhood in Princess Anne.
"It's crazy, senseless. It doesn't make sense," Finney said. "It should be treated as a pet, not as an animal to fight or anything like that. I think it should be treated like a pet. It deserves respect."
If you suspect dog fighting in your own neighborhood, Animal Control urges you contact your local officials. There is a reward for up to $5,000, for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a dog fighter.
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