Last year the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) investigated over 20 dog fighting cases, as well as a handful of cockfighting cases. Dog fighting is an underground event and since participants go to great lengths to keep it secret, many dog fights go unnoticed and uninvestigated. This means that in New Jersey there could potentially be hundreds of dog fights per year.

In the “sport” of dog fighting, dogs are pitted against one another to maim and kill. Dogs that do not perform well (and even those that do) can be beaten, electrocuted, drowned, or hanged. Not only is dog fighting socially unacceptable by majority, it is also illegal in the state of New Jersey, punishable by jail time, hefty fines, and community service. These kinds of brutal “hobbies” breed a culture of violence that becomes a normal facet of everyday life. Dog fighting rings are also home to gambling, drug dealing, and illegal firearm sales.

NJSPCA is an organization of humane law enforcement officers, specifically trained in animal cruelty law, with the legal power to investigate and prosecute offenders. The majority of our dogfighting cases are brought to us by tips and informants, and since we can’t be everywhere at once, we rely on citizens such as you.

What you can do:

  • Be our eyes and ears. Look for anything suspicious, call it in and let us handle it. Here are some things to look for:
    • A house with a large amount of visitors all through the night
    • A neighbor with a large of amount of dogs
    • Dogs with fresh and old wounds/scars, mostly to the face
    • Tools of dogfighting:
      • Treadmills (used to train dogs for endurance)
      • Tires hanging from trees (used to train dogs to bite, rip and tear)
      • Break sticks (used to open dogs’ locked jaws)
      • Literature (dog fighting magazines, journals, etc
  • Donate. We need your financial support to continue doing what we do.

NJSPCA is a not-for-profit organization and even though we were commissioned by NJ and are affiliated with the NJ State Police, we function solely on donations and fines recovered in court. We cannot do this without the support of animal lovers all over the United States, but especially from our fellow New Jerseyans. The citizens of New Jersey need the NJSPCA and we, in turn, need the citizens of New Jersey. Can you think of a better relationship? Please visit our websites ( or to see how we can fit into your life.

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