Friday, February 09, 2007

read with caution

Ugh. this story about dog fighting in russia almost ruined my day.

This event was at once open and partly closed. The fans streamed in. But one Western and three Russian journalists were admitted on condition that the sanitarium’s location not be disclosed, out of fear of vandalism or protests by opponents of the fights. In the Caucasus and in Asia, dog owners said, such precautions are not necessary.

In the ring the fight continued. The dogs tugged each other in tight circles by their snouts and then broke free, snarled and attacked again. Sometimes they rose up, pressing for leverage with forepaws while driving forward on hind legs and seeking a purchase for their bared teeth.

Their handlers crouched beside them, shouting encouragement.

One dog, a reddish-tan shepherd’s dog called Sarbai, took an early advantage. He weighed about 135 pounds, at least 30 pounds more than his foe. “Good boy, Sarbai!” his handler shouted. “Bite him well! Work!”

poor russian doggies.

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Blogger Maximillian the Valliant said...

Unfortunately, it isn't just in Russia. Here is this city I live in there is a large dog fighting ring, mostly pitts. Mom has seen the victims at the shelter, with missing jaws, ears, eyes. And these dogs are sweet, begging for human affection..unfortunately, they can only be euthanized.

Mom is particularly worried that Mocha has been taken by someone in this ring. She has been crying at night because of it.

If only everydog found a loving home...but then I could go on and say every child too.


9:44 AM  
Blogger Cubby said...

People are bad. They find so many ways to hurt dogs. :(

3:31 PM  
Blogger Tin Tin Blogdog said...

I can't keep up with your dogposts, Wally, you're a prolificdogalific wonder. My ma's so slack.

We particularly loved 'doga'.

As for this, how absolutely feckin' heartbreaking.

I wonder how those dog owners would like to be the centre of attention?


Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

8:47 PM  

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