Target: Whitley County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department
Goal: Investigate Indiana dog fighting ring and increase charges for those responsible beyond a misdemeanor
Eighteen people were recently arrested as part of a dog fighting operation in Churubusco, Indiana. After receiving a tip, the Whitley Country Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant and raided the home of Edward Smith, where they found blood, injured dogs, and wooden pits for fighting. Those arrested have currently only received a misdemeanor. More severe charges must be applied for this terrible crime.
The police report states that at the residence they found a dog who was badly injured and bleeding, another bloodied dog within a plywood fighting ring in Smith’s garage, and a much younger dog who was unharmed. All three dogs were rescued by the Whitley County Humane Society where they will hopefully be rehabilitated and put up for adoption.
Seventeen other people were found at Smith’s home during the raid and all 18 have been charged with attending an animal fighting contest, a class A misdemeanor, which in Indiana only carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and a one-year prison sentence. The investigation is ongoing and hopefully more charges will be applied.
Please sign the petition to demand that those responsible receive more than a misdemeanor. Dog fighting will continue to be a problem everywhere if the punishment for such horrific cruelty and murder remains the same as that of petty theft.
Dear Whitley County Sheriff’s Department,
Eighteen people were recently arrested at the home of Churubusco resident Edward Smith for operating a dog fighting ring. As it stands, they have only been charged with a class A misdemeanor, the penalty for attending an animal fighting contest, which carries a maximum one-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine. The inadequacy of the punishment is almost as appalling as the crime itself.
Smith and the other attendees are responsible for the nearly incomprehensible torture, mutilation, and murder of these innocent animals and they have been given the same punishment as a shoplifter. Dog fighting will never stop if something isn’t done to prove to those who participate in it that such brutality will not be condoned in any way. Please give these men the punishment they rightly deserve and show the state of Indiana that dog fighting will not be tolerated.
[Your Name Here]