My First Experience with Fighting Dogs

An insightful observation from a friend of mine:

“I had dogmen in my family, well known throughout the South. I wasn’t proud of it. I also had family that raised for field and show. But I want to tell you what it is like walking into a fighting dog ‘kennel’. First of all the ‘kennel’ is outside, usually located in a remote part of a forest, the woods as we call it.

The pits are chained, heavily chained. Car axles are driven into the ground and the chains are attached to these axles with padlocks. Heavy tow chains I might add. From the air, you can spot these kennels, the pits have made circles around, dirt, and you can easily see them. When you walked in and the pits started jumping and running around, the dust is stifling. That’s the life of these pits, put on chains when they are about 4 months old.
When you go into the ‘kennel’, the pits are so happy to see you, just like your own dog greeting you. They aren’t vicious, they aren’t aggressive, they act like any other dog, excited to see you. But stay at chain’s length, is the advice from the dogman. You can pet them, they will roll over for a belly rub too. A layman can be easily deceived by their reactions.

As a course of some undercover work, I had to watch two of the pits that I had petted and rubbed their bellies, fight. To this day, it haunts me. Those two pits that I had so enjoyed were fighting to the death. I am not a drinker, but I did stay drunk for 3 days after this. The only thing that saved me was that it was for the good, my work helped to bust these dogmen, my family members included. I was barely 21. Because of my family, I was called upon a few more times to help gather info on dogmen around my area.

When busts are made of the dogmen, these ‘rescuers’ go in and they see the friendly pits that I saw. They form an opinion that these dogs are ‘forced’ to fight, that they are just normal canines. They aren’t. What these rescuers need to see is what I had to see and be haunted with. What these pits are capable of is beyond your imagination. And once you see the instant aggression, how they fight to the death, you will never see the breed in the same light again.

I didn’t want to tell this tale, But I continue to see how these pits, bred for fighting, are thought of in a light that leads to darkness. Pits are indeed liars.”

Harve Morgan


4 thoughts on “My First Experience with Fighting Dogs

  1. For the record, for when the pit nutters check in saying “See! It’s all due to chaining and lack of love!” –> Remains a fact that pit bulls aren’t like that because they’re chained from an early age. Rather, they’re chained from an early age because dogmen know they are inherently, genetically already like that at birth.

    I’m afraid this person is a bit deceived about the pit bull ‘rescue angels’. They — and shelter personnel — regularly see exactly what gave this writer nightmares. Worse than seeing two pit bulls enjoy killing each other, ‘rescue angels’ and shelter personnel regularly get to see pit types mauling normal dogs that aren’t resisting, are screaming for help, have no idea why they’re suddenly being killed. They regularly see pit bulls attack human beings. They even get attacked themselves.

    These ‘rescue angels’ and shelter people shrug their shoulders, don’t have nightmares, but blithely continue to place these pit bulls that they have seen maul or kill into communities. When one of the known aggressive pit types then mauls or kills someone’s dog or child, they close a circle of secrecy to avoid liability. Any ‘rescue’ member or shelter worker / volunteer who dares to tell the bereaved “We knew that pit bull attacked pets / people / children” gets ostracized and blacklisted. These ‘angels’ have no nightmares at all — not about the mauled or dead pet or child, not about bankrupting a family with medical bills.

    These ‘rescue angels’ are in that sense quite cold-blooded. As cold-blooded as any dogman who enjoys watching pit bulls kill each other and would never cull a maneater that was good in the fighting pit. Despite all their public maudlin sentimentality, these ‘rescue angels’ don’t at all mind watching an ordinary animal be tortured to (near) death or seeing your child in the hospital. They are thus worse than dogmen. Dogmen at least admit they love to see the violence, admit it’s what the pit type is, and they do it for the money. These ‘rescue angels’ deny there ever was any violence (even as you bury your child), since it’s only violence if the victim didn’t deserve it, and of course the victim always did. These ‘rescue angels’ don’t do it for the money either. What they get out of it is a cold-blooded ego kick, feeling superior not when a pit bull kills another pit bull in the pit, but when it kills your dog or your child.

    If only they did have nightmares…

    • Wow, do you ever get it! All of this was so well laid out. He’s right, Sputnik, your comment was as good as the article itself. I remember not long ago, immediately after the death of the 25-year-old pit bull owner, we found ourselves in the ring with a “rescue angel” and she was defending the breed at the top of her lungs. We were gentle with her, but told her that her advocate friends would throw her under the bus, the second she got attacked. We told her we are certain the victim’s family would not agree, and sure enough, although by the saddest way possible, they saw the light. This cannot be the only way people learn, and take action. What all of you are doing is absolutely wonderful. I hope we can pull some reluctant people off of the fence, and save their kids and neighbors, or even them. We get no joy from these attacks. We only hope people learn, and not the hard way.

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