Rise in ‘horrific’ animal fighting

Organised dog fighting is on the rise in Blackpool, according to the RSPCA.
Organised dog fighting is on the rise in Blackpool, according to the RSPCA.
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The rise in organised animal fights in Blackpool has been condemned by charity bosses, as RSCPA figures reveal the problem is getting worse.

The charity vowed to clamp down on the “horrific” levels of cruelty it comes across.

The latest figures show the RSPCA received five calls last year about illegal animal fights being organised in the resort – as many as in the previous three years combined.

It comes as Lancashire was named the fourth worst county for animal fighting, with 27 reports investigated in 2014 – up from 15 the year before.

Chief inspector Ian Briggs, from the RSPCA’s special operations unit, said: “It still disgusts me, knowing that there are individuals who continue to take pleasure in watching animals brutally fight each other, often causing horrific and sometimes fatal injuries.

“RSPCA inspectors deal with countless instances of neglect caused by ignorance, but these cases are all about premeditated cruelty. People are deliberately breeding, training and fighting animals for the sole purpose of inflicting suffering.

“Hopefully one day organised animal fighting can truthfully be described as a thing of the past. Until then, we’ll keep investigating and try to bring about an end to such horrific levels of animal cruelty.”

There was one report of animal fighting in Blackpool in 2013 and 2011, three in 2012 and two in 2010.