Animal rescue officials see increase in dog fighting

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The number of dogs injured in fighting rings in Eastern Kentucky is increasing, animal rescue officials said.

Bullet, a terrier mix, was found injured this week in the David community of Floyd County.

"This one in particular had severe puncture wounds," said Tonya Conn, president of Dumas Rescue, based in Garrett. "We have had several dogs in that area that have had severe bite wounds that are indicative of more than just a general dogfight."

Within the past six months, three dogs showing injuries consistent with being involved in a dog fighting ring have been rescued from the David area, Conn said.

Three similar rescues have occurred within 20 miles of David during that time, she said.

"We have also taken in several pit bulls into our rescue," Conn said. "The prominence of the breed in this area is growing, and that just leads us to believe there are fighting rings."

Dr. Shawn Tussey, a veterinarian at Beaver Creek Animal Hospital in Floyd County, agreed dog fighting is a growing problem.

"I've been involved in veterinary medicine since 1994 when i was in high school and started volunteering," Tussey said. "Dog fighting has been prevalent in Floyd and surrounding counties since before that time."

Many of the dogs rescued by Dumas were discovered on the side of the road, Conn said.

We checked with the Floyd County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police and officials from those agencies were not aware of any dog fighting investigations in the David area.

Bullet is still at the vet but is expected to make a full recovery.

To contact Dumas Rescue, call (606)-886-3192.

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