BROOKLYN PARK, Md. (WJZ)– There are growing fears of a dog fighting ring in northern Anne Arundel County as a second badly injured pit bull is found just a few miles from where another dog nearly died a month ago.
Andrea Fujii explains an investigation is underway.READ MORE: Old Man & The Filly: Lukas Saddling Secret Oath In Preakness
The pit bull named Princess is recovering. Now Animal Control wants to find the people responsible for injuring her and another dog.
Despite bite marks and a gaping arm wound, Princess couldn’t stop kissing Steven Williams when he found her and took her to Animal Control last week.
“She is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet,” Williams said. “She did not mind one bit about what we had to do to clean her and bandage her up.”
She was wandering near Ritchie Highway and 11th Avenue in Brooklyn Park about five miles from where another injured pit bull named Rocky Road was found.
Animal Control says both their injuries show they were in organized dog fights.
“They were unfortunately a victim of people either using them for fighting or using them as bait to train fighting dogs,” Robin Small of Anne Arundel County Animal Control said.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Will Launch Initiative To Divert Non-Emergency Calls And Increase Patrols
Animal Control says dog fighters are secretive and are now asking people in the area to keep a lookout for anything suspicious.
And Brooklyn Park residents say they will.
“I can’t imagine people allowing dogs to fight especially with everything with Michael Vick. It’s pretty bad,” Brooklyn Park resident Susan Bell said.
“I think it’s pretty sad to have an animal done like that, so I’m kind of upset,” Earl Thomas, another Brooklyn Park resident, said.
Meanwhile, doctors say Princess is doing well– a relief for Williams who says she’s a fighter but not against other dogs.
“She would look at you with trust in her eyes. After what she’d been through, she trusted us,” he said.
Once Princess heals she will go to the Anne Arundel County SPCA. The other pit bull, Rocky Road, will soon be heading to a local rescue.MORE NEWS: Maryland Weather: Rain Tonight, Near-Record Heat This Weekend
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