Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Memphis, TN - On Saturday, a witness says the intersection of Austin Peay and Yale Road was the scene of open and public dogfighting. "They were slapping the faces of the dogs until they attacked humans. They were sicking the dogs on each other until they drew blood," said Cindy S., who did not give her full name due to the undercover work she does with animal cruelty. She saw about 30 young men standing around 15 muscular pit bulls, going at it.
"I saw them attacking each other and as they would attack, the guys would pull them back," she said. Cindy believes the fighting was actually a sales pitch. She says along with the large dogs, there were cages of pit bull puppies up for sale. "It's a method of dogfighting that proves that the sire, the male dog, is a fighter and will go in and fight." Cindy says she called police immediately. But it took an hour and 20 minutes for an officer to finally show up.
"Eventually I got out of my car and got all of the license plate numbers, called the dispatcher back, and said I've even got their numbers, please send someone out here. It's criminal activity. It's a felony," she said. Cindy says she called police a total of three times to report the incident and contacted Memphis Animal Services too. He confirms he also called police. Cindy says that by the time an officer showed up, the fighting was over.
While she waited, thirteen patrol cars passed going with the rate and flow of traffic. "No one had lights on. No one was hurrying. No one stopped," she said.
12/07/08: NYT: Dogfighting Subculture is Taking Hold in Texas
11/16/08: Massive Dogfighting Sting in Harris County, Texas
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| 12/10/2008 1:14 PM |
At any time, one or more of these dogs could have attacked the crowd and killed people.
We find out that there are even police officers and animal control people involved in dog fighting.
Is that the case in Memphis?
Why is animal control accepting paychecks and not doing its job?
| 12/10/2008 2:04 PM |
Memphis has sustained quite a few level 5 maulings over the past year. One of them happened in a schoolyard.
Obviously, law enforcement has a blind spot because "It's just dogs".
| 12/10/2008 2:33 PM |
Let's be fair. The average animal control is equipped with a catch pole and maybe taser and we all know how effective those are. Thirty men, 15 pit bulls, an unknown number of weapons? What do you want an animal control officer to do? What do you want one or two armed patrol officers to do?
Given what we know about the connections between dog fighting and drugs, gambling & violent crimes, this call should have taken priority over all others. The Memphis PD should have swarmed those maggots. They should should have sent in a SWAT team. That was quite a missed opportunity to clean up some riff raff.
| 12/10/2008 2:38 PM |
"At any time, one or more of these dogs could have attacked the crowd and killed people."
Who really gives a rat's ass if these attack and kill these punks? In that scenario, the dogs are actually performing a public service. My only concern would be for the undercover cops.
| 12/10/2008 7:11 PM |
". The average animal control is equipped with a catch pole and maybe taser "
In some cities, animal control gets a lot of money and hires a good number of people
But the point is that they need to work with the cops to get things done
| 12/10/2008 9:31 PM |
This is no shock. Memphis is a dump. I know, I lived there. They city is overrun with criminals, and dogfighting is all over the place. I guess the police don't believe in the "broken windows" theory of fighting crime.
| 12/10/2008 10:23 PM |
The Menace Unleashed series, I can't quite figure it out. They aim for the "pit bull is misunderstood and abused" angle, but they do not seriously address the danger of the number of pit bulls in their community, nor necessarily the prevalence of dogfighting. They manage to slip a "few" slides in of human victims, including James Chapple. The people who made this slide show may not even know that he DIED due to his injuries a few months later...
James Chapple Jr., 59-years old, had just gotten off the bus and was walking home when two dogs ran out from an auto repair shop and attacked him. The pit bulls ripped off his entire left hand and badly mauled his right arm. The injuries Chapple sustained required amputation of his lower left arm. James died several months later from complications stemming from the attack.