Suspects Enjoyed Attack
Tyler, TX - An investigation into an illegal deer-hunting operation prompted authorities to file felony charges against six people after a confiscated videotape shows multiple pit bull dogs violently attacking a feral hog in a small enclosure. Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said the six people on the tape were "very much enjoying" the attack on the caged hog. He said it was not a fun tape to watch. "At one point one of the dogs ripped an ear off the hog. This is a classic animal cruelty case," he said.
Pit bulls consistently rip off human ears as well. They tear off human scalps and eat through arms and legs too.
Taylor said the six people on the tape were identified and the seven pit bull dogs were seized. He said it was not clear if any of the dogs had been used in dogfighting, but he added that the vicious attack on the feral hog was a tactic used to teach dogs to fight. His office has filed charges against the six people for state jail-felony cruelty to an animal. "This may have been a wild animal," he said referring to the hog, "but it is against the law to cage one animal up and let others tear it to pieces at will.”
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