"Bait" animals are used to test a dog's fighting instinct, and these animals are often mauled or killed in the process. Trainers obtain bait animals from several sources: wild or feral animals, animals obtained from a shelter, or in some cases, stolen pets. Sometimes the animals are also obtained through "free to a good home" ads. According to news reports compiled by the Humane Society of the United States, the snouts of bait dogs are wrapped with duct tape to prevent them from injuring dogs being trained for fighting. Their teeth are filed and their nails are cut until nothing is left. Other animals, such as cats and rabbits are also reported to be used as bait animals. Experts have said small dogs, kittens and rabbits are more at risk of being stolen for bait than larger animals.
mnp13 wrote:But anyway. Yes, they are truth now, born largely of complete fiction. However, I don't think 99.999% of people have them who claim they have them. The pictures of the actual "bait dogs" from dog fighting busts (like that one of the dog with her nose ripped off) are far different than what all of the people's dogs look like that claim to have an "ex-bait dog"
plebayo wrote:I've seen "supposed" bait dogs on tv, I do think it is likely some dogs are used as bait dogs in terms of building your dogs fight confidence by having them fight something weaker than they are, but I find it hard to believe they use rabbits and kittens, like it was mentioned what is the point of fighting an unarmed opponent?
plebayo wrote:It seems to be more of a scheme by the humane society. I wouldn't doubt that some crappy dog fighters test their dogs on more submissiv/smaller/weaker dogs, but any of the "bait dogs" I've seen didn't have reports of filed down teeth or anything weird like that, the dogs were just overly submissive, terrified, with a bunch of scars on them. I'm not sure why people don't just assume the dog is a failed fight dog.
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