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Canine Murder Mystery on the James River

Written by Alisa Mullins | May 16, 2013

It was a horrifying sight. The dog’s bloated body was spotted off a pier behind a Newport News, Virginia, boatyard. The young black-and-white female pit bull had apparently drowned, as indicated by her clenched teeth and protruding tongue. But most chilling was that she likely hadn’t wound up in the water by accident: Tied to her red-and-black harness was an 11-pound weight that looked like the head of a sledgehammer. This dog was almost certainly thrown into the water and left to struggle for air until she could struggle no more.

Since the dog’s body was found in the hometown of Michael Vick’s ”Bad Newz Kennels,” where dogfighting and pit bull abuse are still serious problems, we can’t help but fear the worst: that she was bred, trained, and/or used for fighting; either wasn’t “game,” lost a fight, or got sick; and was meant to “retire” at the bottom of the James River.

As we learned from the Michael Vick case, unwanted “fighting dogs” are often killed in the most horrific ways. Vick and his cohorts admitted to hanging, shooting, electrocuting, drowning, and slamming to the ground dogs who didn’t “perform” well.

While we may never know if this dog was used for fighting, we do know that someone did not want her body to be found. A necropsy report indicates that she suffered a shattered rib, probably inflicted by the heavy weight when she was thrown into the water. She had recently given birth and may have experienced complications.

We are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this heinous crime.

What You Can Do

If you ever suspect anyone of participating in dogfighting, alert authorities immediately. Dogfighting is a felony in all 50 states and is often associated with other serious crimes, including domestic violence, gang activity, and illegal drugs, firearms, and gambling. Signs of dogfighting include the presence of multiple pit bulls chained up in a backyard and paraphernalia such as treadmills and heavy logging chains.

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  • Noura says:

    I hope someone help me to stop dogfighting in Kuwait. We need law, aducation, and awarness it’s totally againt human nature.

  • Holly says:

    My prayer is the sick human who did this to the dog will be tied to concrete and drown in the river, exactly as this dog was murdered. May this person, who is equivalent to scrum in a sewer system, feel pain and suffer in the same manner as this dog. When this human is dead, our society will benefit!!

  • Chris Mac says:

    Some men are just so primitive ! Dog fighting, like cock fighting, could only appeal to the most limited mentality. It makes me sick to think that there are STILL people out there who get off on this sickening ‘sport’. Do to them as they have done to these poor animals !

  • cornel stancu says:

    please investigate

  • Michael says:

    Never can nor will understand how people think they are better then animals , so they can be used and abused and treated like trash . POS to all of you who think this and do such crap .

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  • Irene Leggett says:

    Please find the worthless piece of low-life trash that carried out this atrocity.

  • Todd says:

    We need to find this POS, And then put a ball and chain around there neck. Then dump them over board.

  • Todd says:

    Classic Garbage we live around.

  • Emma says:

    What the fuck. People are so sick and cruel. I cant even stand this awful world anymore