Gloucestershire resident runs half marathon to tackle animal cruelty

A Gloucestershire resident ran a half marathon on Sunday to help tackle the animal cruelty associated with the barbaric world of dog fighting.

Abigail Brooks-Daw of Wickwar, Wotton-under-Edge ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon in the capital to raise funds for animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports.

Abigail said: “Like many people from Gloucestershire, I am a dog lover. Until I began volunteering at a local dog rescue, I had absolutely no idea that organised dog fighting was taking place in our rural areas and cities as it is secretive and operates deep underground.

“I then heard about the work the League does, often in difficult and dangerous situations to find information about illegal dog fighting activities, and wanted to do something to help.

“That is why I ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon. I am hoping to raise awareness of their work to help protect and save dogs caught up in this terrible situation and raise £1,000 in sponsorship.

“It would be wonderful if anyone reading this would consider sponsoring me.”

You can sponsor Abigail at:

Dog fighting was banned in the UK nearly 200 years ago but sadly it still goes on and is a significant animal welfare issue.

The League works with the public, rescue centres, veterinarians, community groups, law enforcement and politicians to raise awareness, to help communities tackle it, and to support the animals that have been rescued from this living hell.

Andy Knott, chief executive at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It was despair at discovering the cruel and devastating world of dog fighting which triggered my move into the charity sector – so I very much understand Abigail’s motives in wanting to tackle it.

“Please support Abigail’s important fundraiser by making a donation today, no matter how small or large. You will be helping to uncover the brutal world of animal fighting and giving the dogs involved a second chance to lead a normal, healthy life.”


Notes to editors

I enclose links to two photos of Abigail at the London Landmarks Half Marathon:

Photo one

Photo two

I enclose a link to a page outlining what is being done to tackle the brutal world of dog fighting.

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