Marley is a former bait dog, meaning he was used as a lure during fighting dog conditioning training. Marley was dumped at a vet’s office on Christmas Eve 2008, supposedly after being hit by a snow plow. The vets who attended to him recognized that his massive injuries – not to mention the numerous lesions all over his body and dog teeth marks in his flesh – were all signs of dog fighting injuries. When Animal Control investigated, there were no signs of any snow plows having been anywhere near the rural Canadian area Marley was from. Marley slowly recovered and was eventually adopted by his foster mom. He has since passed his Canine Good Neighbour Test and is also a certified Therapy Dog.
Here’s where you come in.
Over one thousand dogfighting arrests were made in the United States between 2003–2008. Are you prepared to join the battle and put dogfighters behind bars?
Thanks to the generous support of the US Department of Justice's COPS Office, the ASPCA presents law enforcement and animal welfare professionals with Combating Dogfighting, an in-depth, free online course. Learn how to detect, investigate, and take action against dogfighting within your jurisdiction.
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