Dog lovers, animal advocates, law officials and religious leaders in the Chicago area have all banded together to form a coalition to put an end to dog fighting.
Safe Humane Chicago was co-founded by Cynthia Bathurst and Melia Carter. They said where there is dog fighting, there are also other criminal activities taking place including guns, drugs and domestic violence. By putting an end to dog fighting, this may also reduce the general amount of violence on the streets of Chicago.
A Massachusetts SPCA study concluded that those who attend dog fights are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people.
The organization will also work through churches and other humane organizations to educate adults and children about the destruction and cruelty of dog fighting. About 500 churches may join the initiative to help spread the word about dog fighting.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Police and the Chicago Police Department are also joining in the efforts and cracking down on dog fighting.
In the city of Chicago, 70 percent of dogfighting and animal abuse offenders have also been arrested for violent crimes against people.
Officials said the city receives about 1,000 to 2,000 complaints each month about dog fighting.