Chester County’s Dog Fighting Problem

Posted on: February 16th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Feb. 9, 2012 article from highlighted the growing dogfighting problem in Chester County PA. A Caln Township police officer found a severely injured pit bull in a ravine near Coatesville Pennsylvania. The dog was transported to West Chester Veterinary Medical Center. A veterinarian determined that the pit bull’s injuries could have been caused by dogfighting.

A Chester County SPCA spokesman opined that dogfighting was on the rise in the County. He said signs of the illegal activity would include “an inordinate number of pit bulls in one location, dogs that are chained and unsocialized, as well as dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, hind end and thighs.” A criminal charge of felony animal cruelty can result in a prison term of up to 7 years and a maximum fine of $15,000.00.

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