INDIANAPOLIS - A dog suspected of being used as bait for dog fighting practice is now on the mend at the Humane Society of Indianapolis.
A concerned citizen brought the dog in after noticing him roaming the streets with wounds and swollen legs.
Staff members at the Humane Society of Indianapolis are treating hundreds of old and new puncture wounds on the dog, whom they've named "Triton."
“There are no wounds on Triton’s face,” Christine Jeschke, IndyHumane’s chief operations officer said in a news release. “Dogs used as bait for dog fight practice are often muzzled or their mouths are bound with duct tape so they can’t defend themselves and injure the prize dog.”
Triton has had emergency surgery and is receiving ongoing wound care, including pain medication and antibiotics, IndyHumane officials said.
Triton is not yet available for adoption.
Dan Shackle, chief of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, is urging residents to report suspected dog fighting activity to Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
IndyHumane says some signs of dog fighting are:
- An inordinate number of pit bull-type dogs kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsocialized
- Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, hind end and thighs
- Dog fighting training equipment such as treadmills, "break sticks" used to pry apart the jaws of dogs locked in battle, tires or "springpoles" (usually a large spring with rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs
- Unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours
People wishing to support Triton’s medical care can make a donation at http://indyhumane.org.