Despite being banned in the UK in 1835, the horrific ‘sport’ of dog fighting has not gone away. Indeed, the number of stray dogs being found with injuries consistent with fighting indicate it is sadly on the increase.

Given the level of abuse these dogs endure, those lucky enough to make it to a local rescue centre face a long haul to reach good health, often needing significant veterinary treatment to deal with physical injuries, as well as behavioural support to deal with psychological trauma. Intensive support of this kind is expensive and yet many wonderful rescue centres go the extra mile to help these dogs. That’s why the League is launching a scheme to provide funding of up to £500 to help meet the costs of caring for each dog.

Dogs caught up in dog fighting are naturally loyal friends who’ve been abused by dog fighters and made to behave in an unnatural way. They’re the true victims of this appalling crime and need support so that they can go on to live good lives with people who care about them. The funding the League provides will help rescue centres provide that dedicated support.

It’s quick and easy to apply for funding, all the information you need is on our website. You can send any queries on the scheme to [email protected].

We’re also reaching out to rescue centres to ask them to share key intelligence in strict confidence about the people and places involved in dog fighting in the UK.

Our professional trained investigators will follow up on the information you provide to ensure it’s properly investigated, maintain your confidentiality and let you know how our investigation is progressing.

If you want to report your suspicions about dog fighting (without applying for funding) contact our confidential Online Animal Crimewatch reporting service. Or call us in confidence on 01483 361 108 or email [email protected].

Let’s work together to #EndDogFighting.