Possible Sales Pitch Fight
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.
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