Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
The Scottish SPCA has said that they have found evidence that shows that cats are being used as dogfighting bait. The organization has video footage of Staffordshire Bull Terriers being turned on domestic cats.
They said that cat remains have been found at the scene of a number of organized dog fights. Video of the attacks is often recorded on cell phones before being circulated among dog owners.
It is believed that the cats are being used to rile up fighting dogs. The dogs have a go at the cats before turning on each other. Investigators say that using domestic animals is a “sickening new twist” in the problem of dogfighting rings.
From BBC News:
One undercover Scottish SPCA officer said a group of people involved in dog fighting had recently been caught searching the streets for cats.
He added: “Dog fighting has been a long-standing problem but the involvement of other domestic animals is a sickening new twist.
“Last month we had a case in Aberdeen where a group of men walked their three Staffordshire Terriers around the streets hunting for cats.
“When they found one, their dogs were set on it and the fight was recorded on mobile phones - it was horrific stuff.”
Sarah Ross, head of Cupar Animal Trust Shelters (CATS), said the number of missing cats in Fife had increased in recent months.
She said: “Generally one or two cats go missing each month. However when suddenly eight go missing over a 10-week period, it makes you think they are being stolen to order.”