Information Sought: DOG FIGHTING
From the
Files of . . .
Polk County Crime Stoppers
Polk County Sheriff's Office Agricultural Crimes detectives are seeking information about any dog fighting, which is illegal, that has been occurring in the county.

Why it's important to report dog fighting activity:

-dog fighters are often involved in illegal gambling, the sale and possession of drugs, as well as illegal weapons.
-dog fighters and spectators have a history of violent and criminal behavior toward people.
-dog fighting is another entertainment activity for gangs.
-dogs trained for fighting have been known to viciously attack innocent people for no apparent reason.
-it is not uncommon for dog fighters or spectators to involve their children in dog fighting.

Signs of serious dog fighting include:

-ownership of several adult dogs and/or puppies that are confined by thick chains, with or without weights on their collars.
-tires or other items suspended from trees to provide jaw strengthening activities.
-a "cat mill" which confines a cat, rabbit, or other small animal and encourages the dog to chase it may be present.
-people of all ages coming and going in groups from a residence or other site, with or without dogs.

Anyone with information about dog fighting in Polk County is urged to contact Sgt. Charlie Fountain at 1-800-226-0344 or (863) 534-6319.


 A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at
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February 1, 2001