Lost puppy used for bait in dog fight; petition started
PICKENS COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) —
Dog fighting in Pickens County is a problem the Sheriff said is bigger than most know. At least one person was arrested one week ago and charged with using a stolen puppy for bait.
The dog's owner said he had heard there was a dog fighting problem in Pickens County, but had no idea how real it was until his puppy went missing and never came back.
In a video too disturbing to show on television, a pit bull is seen dragging Chase Davidson's puppy, Snoop, by the neck while spectators cheer on the pit bull.
Davidson said Snoop had been spotted near the Sapps community, but he was too late. In a matter of days, Snoop was gone.
Police arrested Calvin Hinton, 31, and charged him with dog fighting. To the point of this publication, he did not face animal cruelty charges.
The incident is being met with outcry on social media, leading to a petition that has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures.
The owner of the petition said she's hoping to reach key lawmakers, including Governor Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall, to bring about change.
Dog fighting is a felony offense in Alabama. If convicted, you could face up to ten years in jail and a fine up to $15,000 dollars. It's also illegal to be a spectator at a dog fight.