Take a bite out of dog fighting 

The recent headlines concerning the arrests of high profile athletes involved in illegal dog fighting has local animal rights groups working to educate Indianapolis residents about the cruel practice here.

Dog fighting is a felony crime that is directly related to gang activity, illegal drugs, illegal weapons and high stakes gambling. Involvement in dog fighting in our city varies from the “professional level” all the way down to the “street level,” which most often involves young people.

In an effort to bring awareness to this sadistic and cruel “sport,” Indy Pit Crew will screen DogFighting Primer, a DVD designed to educate law enforcement, first responders and the general public on the signs of dog fighting in their area. The video presents information concerning the history of dog fighting, the current trends and ways to recognize and report dog fighting to law enforcement.

After the screening, a panel of local experts will be on hand to answer questions. Panel members include Sgt. Tom Kern, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana; Lou Ransdel, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Lt. Jerry Bippus, Indianapolis Animal Care & Control; and Sgt. George Burge, IMPD North District.

The discussion and screening will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St.

For more information contact Indy Pit Crew at info@indypitcrew.org or 317-592-9614. No registration is required.

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