Police: Dog fighting on the rise on LI

Nassau County police say the illegal blood sport of dog fighting is becoming more commonplace on Long Island.Jet Painter, of the Nassau County District Attorney's

LONG BEACH - Nassau County police say the illegal blood sport of dog fighting is becoming more commonplace on Long Island.

Jet Painter, of the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, says this year, there has been a 100-percent jump in dog fighting cases from the year before, perpetuated by sophisticated underground rings.

Last week, Long Beach police arrested two men on West Pine Street, just a couple of blocks away from City Hall, for allegedly having three dogs fight.

Also last week, the Guardians of Rescue, an animal rights group, rescued a pit bull wandering around Westbury. Judging from its multiple wounds, they believe it was used as a bait dog to help train other stronger animals.

Animal rights groups say most pit bull fighters are teenagers who do it to get into gangs.

Animal Cruelty Hotline - 516-571-ACHLSuffolk SPCA - 631-382-7722

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The footage was shared online by Thomas Marrone, 1 Video appears to show abuse inside NYDogWorks in Oceanside
Executive director of the Maritime Museum Terry Blipman 2 LI Maritime Museum hosts Dutch Christmas Festival
Police say James Burke, 76, veered off the 3 Police: Medical event led to fatal crash in Huntington Station
Empire State Development Corp. canceled its 4-year-old request 4 Plans for Belmont Park soccer stadium nixed by state
Angela Conte-Gentille says she remembers growing up in 5 Facebook post fuels push for East Meadow Ave. decorations

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE