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Cruel ‘Workout’ Nearly Drowns Pit Bull

Written by PETA | June 24, 2011

Earlier this week, Florida resident Willie Bell turned down a plea deal of three years in prison for a felony charge of cruelty to animals. Not smart: Now Bell faces five years in prison, and if he’s convicted, he deserves every second of it. According to police, Bell tied a 30-pound dumbbell around a dog’s neck, placed the dog in the water 25 yards off shore, and forced him to swim for his life. Blackie, the 2-year-old pit bull mix, was rescued after a witness saw him struggling and called police.

When PETA heard about this case, we immediately contacted the local police department, since dogfighters often train dogs by forcing them to tread water. Fortunately, the investigation turned up no evidence of dogfighting, and Blackie is now back with his guardian, Bell’s cousin, who was reportedly horrified to learn about Bell’s alleged actions.
 

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Pit bulls are the most abused dogs in dogdom. Because of their “macho” image, pit bulls are the breed of choice for thugs, gangs, drug dealers, and dogfighters. But we can all help stop this cycle of abuse. Speak out against negative media depictions that perpetuate the image of pit bulls as fighting machines. And please, if you see an animal in danger, contact your local police department immediately.

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  • Ivana says:

    sick fuck. i hope he rots in jail

  • pj56 says:

    Pitbulls are not always the breed choice for dogfighting, but have been given the most press for same.

  • Lae says:

    To Jess He may be a frigging dog and you are a frigging idiot. Given the choice, guess which one I would opt for? I’ll help you out here because I don’t think you can get the answer yourself. The answer is, ”not you”.

  • pittyplease says:

    to start off on pit bulls you have you understand the breed, how the breed was established and wh they are so easily exploited. to begin with its origins a pit bull was breed initially to wrangle bulls. to perpetuate this, they were breed to have a high pain tolerance (especially in their neck and jawline), sturdy builds and the ability to jump high distances with the strong jaw able to lock on and take down large animals. to exploit these natural traits in pit bulls are easy. but what is not si easy is to take a pit bulls gentle nature away easily. the pits i have owned have been very loving and good family pets. i trust my pitties with the lives of my children because to those dogs my children are their whole worlds. they have to be abused beyond most breeds to make them cruel and vicious because by the time they are vicious they have suffered countless abuse and neglect by the hands of their owners. i think there should be strict laws put into place to protect most pets from abuse. the goverment wants to tag, TATTOO serial numbers on our wonderful pets. they are living breathing soulful creatures whos only fault is that they were breed to serve man even down to the most depraved humans. i say let the sicko ‘owners’ suffer and not the pittie babies. . .just how i feel

  • Katie says:

    @Jess, your only upset because its the truth. And you probably fit into that catagory.

  • Coccinelle says:

    i saw the same one day in NFalls USA where one couple kept throwing the dog in the rapids to make him strong. I called the Parks POlice right away!

  • Kit Wood says:

    5 years isn’t enough! Sadly staffordshire bull terrier’s get the exact same treatment from those very same groups in the UK as Pit Bull’s were unfortunately banned from the county. The only reason they had a negative reputation here was because they were trained to be nasty by their owners, this unfortunately gave the media completely the wrong idea. Treat them with care like any other breed of dog and they are lovely.

  • Lidna says:

    Get him away from the guardian….

  • Angie says:

    Ashley Anne, how sweet of you! This world needs alot more people like you. What makes me almost as sick as these twisted animal abusers, are the jerks who come on here saying, “it’s just a dog”. Well, sorry you are one of the ignorant fools who do not see animals the way you should. They are loving, loyal, and the least deserving of abuse. Even if you do not like dogs, you couldn’t possible think abusing them is ok if you have any sort of moral compass. Obviously, you don’t. People like them are what’s wrong with this world today.

  • amber p says:

    how dare u say it’s (sterotyping) to say that pitbulls r the choice of dogs 4 gangs and thugs! if u don’t think so y don’t u just take a drive thru ur local (hood) and c how many poodles u c on log chains breaking their necks or being paraded up and down the street 4 show. i my self have been inside the local dog fighting rings in my town and rescued the poor half dead animals from the rings! i have a female now who was used to breeding and nearly bred to death. she has been in our family now 4 10 plus years and i can’t imagine a better family pet 4 my (3) young kids! but i can’t help but remember all her babies who were not s lucky to have made it to a loving home! the actual number of (pit dogs) she produced in her day wil never b known? so 4 anybody who thinks pit bulls r over rated as fighting dogs just stop talking and take a look around and go where i have been and c 4 ur self the cruelty and the horror of the most beautiul and loyal loving dogs there will ever b! i can’t think of a better way to have ur self a reality check!!!!

  • jess says:

    its a friggin dog.. you people are way over the top! “Pit bulls are the breed of choice for thugs, gangs, drug dealers, and dogfighters” if thats not profiling, i dont know what is.

  • I hate dogfighting says:

    for goodness sake dogfighting freaking infuriates me! I hate dogfighting I can’t stand it! I want to see the government crack down on dogfighting but there not going to because of Speciesism. I hate speciesism.

  • eva says:

    From Spain. Those called humans deserve the worst!. I´d put this man a rope and would do the same with him!. HOW ARE THEY CAPABLE TO TREAT CREATURES IN SUCH AN OUTRAGEOUS AND TERRIBLE WAY!!.

  • ladyfaile says:

    he should be banned from owning animals when he gets out of jail. when he gets out will this dog be returned to him to be abused some more? or maybe he’ll just get another one to torture. the laws need to be more strict about this. but i’m glad he’s actually going to jail, too many of them get away with it

  • Mike says:

    kitn: “…and a believer in God. Period.”

    Wow. I’m glad you love animals, but… Many religious people are kind, but compassion has nothing to do with god-belief.

  • vickie says:

    First of all Toby…i dont know what any of that has to do with animal abuse but when someone illegally sells drugs they are a drug dealer and professionals who sell and prescribe drugs are exactly what there job title states. Second thing…this man should get more than five years and should legally be unable to own any animals ever again.

  • MP says:

    Heartless people. Person who called the police will get the blessing of mighty god.

  • Dana says:

    Let’s tie the 30 pound weight to the man & see how good he fairs

  • PolarBear:) says:

    This makes me sick. I honestly think families or individuals should be checked before aquiring a dog of ANY breed, much in the same way as they would be checked if adopting a child. My father owns a rescue staffieXlabradorXcollie, who is absoulutely wonderful and gentle around people, but growls, pulls the lead and barks when he meets another dog, because that is how he was trained. Then, when he got older and was no longer ‘macho’ and good at fighting, he was thrown from the back of a landrover and left to die, in the december snow. We only know this because he barks and whines at every land rover he sees. His tragic life could have been avoided with better criteria for dog owners.

  • Chasidy says:

    I am young, not in my 50′s at all and I have “pit bulls” but they are just teddy bears! If they would have not let me adopt my baby, he would be dead! I would never think of hurting any of them! I love them to death, they are my children! It is unfair to say that anyone that is young should not own them! Because I take good care of them! They are spoiled!!! This is disgusting! I have herd of weight training them, and it can be a good thing if you live in a apartment or do not have a fenced in yard for them to go out and run! Because, most “pit bull” parents can tell you, if they do not get a good amount of exercise, they can get VERY bored and they may chew up a lot of stuff! Also, if they act aggressive towards other dogs, weight training them is supposed to help them calm down. Now, weight training then putting them in the water to “fend for themselves” is SICK! The wreaks of animal abuse and dog fighting! I hate how many of these precious souls have lost their lives because of stupid people like this! “Ban stupid people, not dogs!”

  • Bev says:

    I don’t see how the pitbull can be thought of as such a macho image of dog. They started out as a companion dog for very young children in order to keep them safe from harm, as would any other dog raised with children. Quit using these loving animals in such a manner, they don’t deserve the bad reputation much less the horrible treatment they receive as a result of it. I have know many very sweet and personalable pits. No dog … no animal deserves to be treated in this manner.

  • Monique Mahony says:

    Regardless of whether animals are bred for specific purposes or banned or whatever. NO OTHER PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO FORCE THEIR WILL ON ANOTHER BEING! Whether that be for training or health or whatever excuse you can come up with. DO WHAT YOU WOULD WANT DONE TO YOU!!!

  • Ashley Anne says:

    My first dog literally came to me one day. I lived in a rural area where people from nearby cities would drive out and leave there dogs. I was driving down my street one day and saw a chestnut colored pitbull/mastiff mix with a white belly but with a huge 20lb chain embedded in her neck. I stopped and called out to her to see if she was friendly and my intuition gave me the sense that she wouldn’t harm me. She happily hopped in my front seat and I took her home and called my neighbor to get bolt-cutters to get that chain off of her neck. She turned out to be the sweetest dog and my mom was very close to her and we gave her the name “Mama”. Unfortunately, we found out she had a tumor and that she wouldn’t make it after the six months we loved her. She went peacefully, but it made me feel better knowing that she got to spend the last few months of her life in a loving home. It makes me sick to my stomach how some people do these things to there dogs trying to put muscle on them.

  • Ashley Anne says:

    My first dog literally came to me one day. I lived in a rural area where people from nearby cities would drive out and leave there dogs. I was driving down my street one day and saw a chestnut colored pitbull/mastiff mix with a white belly but with a huge 20lb chain embedded in her neck. I stopped and called out to her to see if she was friendly and my intuition gave me the sense that she wouldn’t harm me. She happily hopped in my front seat and I took her home and called my neighbor to get bolt-cutters to get that chain off of her neck. She turned out to be the sweetest dog and my mom was very close to her and we gave her the name “Mama”. Unfortunately, we found out she had a tumor and that she wouldn’t make it after the six months we loved her. She went peacefully, but it made me feel better knowing that she got to spend the last few months of her life in a loving home. It makes me sick to my stomach how some people do these things to there dogs trying to put muscle on them.

  • Sarah says:

    This story absolutely disgusts me. I don’t understand how a person can be so cruel just so they can make some money. How about you go out and find a REAL job and leave these poor animals alone!

  • Ozzie says:

    As an Australian, I think that these breeds are even banned in this country. Personally, though I am no expert on dogs, it is how the animal is raised rather than the breed. These dogs are beautiful, they aren’t macho or tough looking. And, by the way, dog fighters and similar abusers should be given the exact treatment they doled out on their dogs as part of their punishment, then jailed for the rest of their lives.

  • Lovemymutts says:

    So terrible, this gentleman needs to stay locked up. I work at the SPCA(a no kill one too!) in a not so dog ideal location, and I see pits all the time that come in abused, neglected and dumped at our shelter. I rescued one that was abandoned at the vet clinic next door, and he’s a pitt/ridgeback…best LOYAL FRIENDLY LOVING dog ever and he’s attached to my hip. I was a little skeptical of pitts at first, but after now having one and working with them all the time, definitely a great dog to have, even for families!!!!

  • jaki lucas says:

    what an evil man what an evil monster this man is i hope they give him more than 5 years and make an example of him to deter this cruelty in the future

  • Kassie Helena says:

    ohmygod, that’s terrible! he deserves MORE than five years!

  • kitn says:

    They should make it mandatory to hold back pitbull adoptions to those who don’t look like they fit a profile of a family oriented person. Only to an older generation while their children are out of highschool and in college and at least the owners should be very very kind and in their mid to late 50′s where you’re at an age where you find more respect for love and life and a believer in God. Period. That’s what they should do with pitbulls is put a more restriction on the qualifications to own a pitbull and we need to start a follow up program where one visits the family that adopts animals at least once a month or something to make sure they didn’t get an animals from the shelter just to kill like this idiotitc kid did to some cats. He would adopt a cat only to later in the day find out that he beheaded them. What’s that saying again? “There outta be a law”…

  • Toby says:

    It is the breed of choice for drug dealers? So, psychiatrists, beer company CEOs, tobacco company CEOs, gas station owners, coffee sellers, aspirin manufactures and grocery store owners prefer pit bulls? This phrase ‘drug dealer’ is a false term in practice because it pretends that non-taboo drugs are not drugs and that people who sell cough syrup, for example, are not drug dealers while they clearly are.

  • Marie McLaughlin says:

    I am on a fixed income and am a full time student. However I am going to send whatever can afford on the first of every month. Please keep exposing and trying to stop this cruel treatment of innocent animals!

  • shelia dewolf says:

    please someone has to care enough to stop animal abuse

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