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Dr. Phil Diagnoses Dogfighting

Written by PETA | May 13, 2010

PETA Files readers know that we adore Ellen and Oprah for their endless efforts to help animals. Today we’re throwing some love—and sending our thanks—to another daytime talk-show host, Dr. Phil, who earlier this week turned his viewers’ attention from cheating spouses to the seedy world of dogfighting.

 

 

When he confronted a dogfighter during the show, Dr. Phil didn’t mince words: “I think dogfighting is wrong. I think it is despicable. I think it is sick. I think it is disgusting.” The good doctor also blogged about the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the sale of porn for pup torturers, declaring, “I was sick to my stomach.”

We’d also like to point out that Dr. Phil’s other guest, Paris Hilton, whom we’ve taken to task in the past for her own bad behavior, chimed in: “I kind of want to punch [the dogfighter] in the face.”

After you thank Dr. Phil for taking on dogfighters, tell us what you think should be done to stop them?

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • BRIAN SCHELLHOUS says:

    I SAW TWO INCIDENTS OF HOMELESS MAN PANHANDLING FOR BEER MONEY BOTH TIMES THE PERSON KICKING THE DOG AND I CALLED COPS . THE COPS DONT DO MUCH IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY BUT I GOTTA START SOMEWHERE TO HELP THE DOGS .

  • BRIAN SCHELLHOUS says:

    GO DR. PHIL I THINK POLICE NEED TO STEP IN MORE AGGRESSIVELY SUCH AS SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT . IVE CALLED A FEW DOG ABUSE SITUATIONS IN THE COPS THEY DONT SEEM PROACTIVE AT ALL. SO WHAT DO YA DO SHERIFF SAY CALL ANIMAL CONTROL WHOS CLOSED ?

  • Annie says:

    Bob you need to do some research on the breed. Yes back in the day they were used for bull baiting hence the name pit bull. They were also used for protection of people and property as are many other breeds. But if you get one that is bred properly they can make great family pets. They were’nt bred to be dogfighters. Its people just over breeding these poor dogs and the extreme abuse and torture methods used to get them to fight that they get a bad rep. If you were tortured the way these animals are tortured you would probably start killing too.

  • Big G, says:

    I was not a fan of Dr Phil before this show but now I respect him for bringing this brutal acts in front of millions and hopefully planting some seeds of “no more animal abuse” I loved how the rescue ink guy stood up to that peace of garbage. Poor Pit Bulls they get such a bad rap they are not monsters.

  • Kari says:

    I am watching the Dr. Phil dogfighting episode right now. The video makes me sick. I can’t understand or respect anyone that does this ever. It’s wonderful that Dr. Phil is calling these people out on what they are doing.

  • John J says:

    I may be an idiot at times although I don’t resort to name calling here but at least Im’m not a blind fanatic.

  • Jane says:

    Thank You Dr. Phil for putting this sadistic torture in the lime light! PLEASE do more shows about animal cruelty in the future! As for the mentality of “Alex” who commented on May 13 do you think sharp teeth ripping open skin muscle to the organs and bones wouldn’t be EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL IF YOU HAD TO ENDURE IT UNTIL YOU DIED? What part of that sentence don’t you understand? YOU endure it and them tell us it’s not TORTURE! Do people play stupid and ignorant when the dogs squeal and cry and PRETEND they don’t have NERVE ENDINGS and FEELINGS? Get a clue! DOG FIGHTING should be a FELONY FIRST TIME CAUGHT! In my “perfect world” the people that propagate dog fightingeven people who watch should be forced to be in a cage with 4 ANGRY dogs and experience what “ISN’T” TORTURE. DO you know YOU ARE MENTALITY ILL?

  • Netty says:

    John J. you are an idiot.

  • mojave says:

    Great move but I would have like someone with his credentials to go into the WHY of dogfighting. Why would someone do that? Why don’t they respond to an animal’s pain? I live near the southern border and for the folks around here who are into it it’s more cultural and they’re usually nice people otherwise. I don’t think they really question why they like that afterall bullfighting is still ok in their culture too. How do we get them to question the morality of their bloody pastime?

  • bob says:

    The dogs aren’t forced to fight its in the breed. Why do you think when dogs get loose they get in a fight? Because they love doing it. Its just like a retriever getting birds or a greyhound running. Its what the american pitbull terrier was bred to do. Also the fight is over when one dog looses its will to fight most people don’t make the dogs continue to fight.

  • Margaret Ambrose says:

    I want to applaud you for the exposure and attention to this sadistic animal cruelty! I am so sorrry I missed that show. I am very involved in animal rescue and I can never accept any reason to torture a living being. Thank you again for also showing the connection to how ANIMAL TORTURE LEADS TO HUMAN VIOLANCE AND CRUELTY!

  • LAURA says:

    PLEASE DO ANOTHER SHOW ON ANIMAL CRUELTY. YOU JUST HAVE TO GO PETA AND WATCH ANY VIDO TO SEE THE HORRORS OF THIS KIND OF CRUELTY!

  • ocean17 says:

    “come on… Don’t over react dog fighting isn’t the same as torture.” wrong. unless you are michael vick or somehow otherwise connected with the seedy unforgiving underworld of dog fighting. dogfighting is dispicable cowardly and sadistic.

  • Rayla says:

    Many dog fighters ARE rapists sexual predators child molesters as well as having long rap sheets for all kinds of crime.

  • Joanne Osmond says:

    Sorry i missed your show Dr Phil i try to watch it everyday We have a dog that was in dog fights he was a very hard one took us over 4 hours to get a collar on him hes a huskeywolf an OPP officer got him he had been in 6 homes in less then a month we were the 7th home we have had him now for 5 years and hes the best ever my grandkids lay all over him now we almost sent him back but we thought that we would give him a chance and im so glad we did I think all these puppy mills and dog fighters should go to jail and throw away the key or maybe even put them in the middle and take a few parts off of them thanks for reading im an anmial lover any kind please HELP save these helpless anmials Joanne

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Did anyone notice that the members of Rescue Ink my favorite biker group were also on the show or did all the focus go on Paris Hilton and the dogfighter? The members of Rescue Ink do something remarkable they promote a positive image of members of a biker community rescuing helpless creatures and doing good rather than glorifying the outlaw lifestyle. Not everyone who rides a motorcycle is a member of an outlaw gang in fact 99 of us are law abiding individuals a good many of us are members of the clergy or activists. Rescue Ink Christian Motorcyclists Association Bikers For Christ The Black Sheep and Set Free are just a few of the clubs that work to promote a positive image however we are rarely seen on the news and except for Rescue Ink we sure did not get a T.V. series.

  • William Bonney says:

    Thanks and roses to Dr. Phil for bringing this despicable act to light. Perhaps more will get their noses out of the sportsfinancial section of the paper and take an interest. It’s my understanding that only about 23 of this society gives a damn about animals. I guess the rest are eating or abusing them. These are God’s creatures and since my real feelings are unprintable I will close by saying that there is a special place in Hell reserved for those who mistreat our precious animals.

  • Kenady says:

    To John J I dont really want to sound offensive but HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET? Like yeah animals naturally fight but they TRAIN these dogs with extremely harsh methods force them to fight there gambeling which is illegal and what kind of sick fck would want to see a living creature be ripped to shreds???? um like did you have rocky childhood or something? cleary you need help! LOLZ Myspace.comKenady3

  • BRAIN POWER says:

    NATURAL fight? That doesn’t even make sense… This loser has already been convicted of this. His lawyer was present. As was Rescue Ink and LCA!!!!! Thank you to both of them! Joe kicks ass! And thanks to Dr. Phil too!

  • Jen says:

    Hey Alex Don’t forget that man is an animal and it is instinctive for man to fight that’s why so many humans are hurt and killed. It is illegal to hold events where humans fight to the death even when entry to these activities are voluntary. With dogfighting the dogs have no say and cannot leave when they want ie. they have to kill or be killed or seriously maimed. To say this is ok and that the focus should be on rapists and killers is naive. For humans to obtain financial benefit from the death or maiming of another animal is sad.

  • laura stephens says:

    John your a idiot you probley do it fight dogs and yeah we all think jails should be used for killers and rapist but come on it not survial when your throwning the dog into a box and watch them kill each other survial is when someone lets them go and they have to try and survive and if your going to starve your dogs and beat them you should be arrested.

  • laura stephens says:

    I think it is sick and anyone involved in it should be put in prison and I hope I never see it I will hurt someone for that .. I have rescued so many animals by removeing them out of peoples yards and putting them in my truck and taking them to the vet and have them take care of them. and if I see a pitbull like that I will do anything to get that person arrested

  • Hayley says:

    The show was difficult to watch. I’ve watched Dr. Phil since he first came on the air. He’s covered many difficult and disturbing subjects but this was by far the most difficult and most disturbing. Listening to the guy Rob the dog fighter made me sick to my stomach. Watching the video of the dog fight made me cry and cry hard. I almost wished that he didn’t show it on TV but I was glad he did. I would assume the majority of people would think this is wrong but until you see it and how horrible it is I don’t think people get it. I was glad Dr. Phil put it infront of our face. Dog fighting and other animal abuse needs to be stopped. Rob the dogfighter killing over 200 dogs? Like it was nothing? Why is he not in prison still? I was hoping he would have an epiphany moment that Dr. Phil would shake him verbally until Rob got it … but it never happened. Rob the dogfighter said he sees dog fighting as a sport. If it’s a sport why is it illegal? If it’s a sport he likened it to boxing wrestling then why can’t the dog choose to stop the fight when it’s had too much? Who has the best interest of the dog? No one! Boxers people don’t fight to the death. Thank you Dr. Phil. Maybe for your next animal abuse show you can take a look at factory and dairy farms andor animals in the circus!

  • John J says:

    Come on! Don’t over react dog fighting insnt the same as torture. Animals natural fight this is just setting up the situation for them to do it. Thats how species florish survial of the fittest kind of stuff. If its illegal then shut it down but spend time and jail cells of real criminals like rapist or killers.

  • Alex says:

    i think dogfighters should go to jail! they should be stronger laws against animals abuse!! so this if they could be called people.. understand! they are sickS

  • Lorraine Gadoury says:

    In my fantasy world I’d like to place those sociopaths in similar living conditions as they have put the dogs. I’d also suggest tying their limbs and jaws together with wires as they do to the practise dogs and placing them in an enclosed cage so that they can be slowly eaten alive by rats…or whatever else may come their way.

  • Genny Floyed says:

    I’m so mad I missed that show. I thought it was illegal for dog fighting? Personally that man I saw a preview clip should go to jail. He murdered animals. They have feelings and can feel pain love and sadly all the painful attacks. Tougher laws should be in place for these wackos.

  • John T Davis says:

    I like to thank DR.PHIL. for his show on Dogfighting. Im so MAD at that man he is a ass.

  • Rad_Rosa says:

    BRAVO!!

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