No matter how Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s indictment on charges of operating a dogfighting ring is resolved, the allegations may force mainstream America to confront the grisly image of canine death matches, says USA Today. Law enforcement and animal-protection advocates say the reality of the dogfighting underworld is even worse than most people can imagine. They say seized dogs inevitably are euthanized, the plywood walls of the typical fighting ring are splattered with blood, and cruelty shrouds every aspect of the dog’s life.
“When you go to where these fights have happened, you’ll find a couple of dog corpses or a pit full of blood,” says Mack Dickinson, a Louisiana trooper who investigates dogfighting. “We’ll open up their kennels, where they’ll put dogs after they’ve fought, and they’ll have blood all over the walls.” Many dogfighting cases are not resolved quickly. One of the most publicized cases goes to trial next month, more than two years after the alleged breeding center of Floyd Boudreaux and his son Guy in Broussard, La., was raided.