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Wichita Animal Control finds badly injured dog, may be related to dog fighting ring

Wichita Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for abandoning a badly injured dog in Wichita on Tuesday.

"At about 9:45 this morning, we received a call of a dog that had possibly been hit by a car in the 3500 block of North Market," said Wichita Animal Control Lt. Brian Sigman.

Lt. Sigman said after further investigation it was determined the dog was not involved in a car crash. He said his officers believe the dog was a possible victim of a dog fight.

"We have some puncture wounds. It looks like we've got some head trauma. It appears possibly that the mouth of the dog was bound which in the dog fighting world it could have been used as what they call a bait dog," Lt. Sigman said.

Lt. Sigman said it's still unclear if the dog was used to train other dogs to fight, but he said dog fighting is prevalent in Wichita.

"We are starting to see a lot more of it," added Lt. Sigman. "With dog fighting there is always other facets of criminal activity that go on. That could be gambling, that could be prostitution, that could be drugs, that could be weapons."

Unfortunately, dog fighting cases are hard to crack. Animal control said it's relying on the public now more than ever. 

"We are trying our best. It's just a matter of getting the public to help us out in that goal too," he said. 

"It's frustrating. It makes me angry. I want it to be different. It needs to be different," said Beauties and Beasts Inc. volunteer Randi Carter. "We need people to really open their eyes and pay attention to what's going on here."

Carter has been involved in numerous animal and abuse cases throughout Kansas. She said incidents like Tuesday's are unfortunately becoming common occurrences.

"How many times are we going to have this conversation . . . another dog fight, another bait dog, another dog that's been neglected. I mean it's just ongoing," Carter said. 

If no one speaks up, Carter and Sigman said more dogs can end up victims. 

"It pulls at your heart strings, especially a situation like this. You see a dog in severe pain like this one is, you know, and you just ask yourself how do people treat animals like that," Sigman said.

The dog, now named Miller after the animal control officer who picked him up, is expected to survive. However, one of his broken legs will have to be amputated.

"So he's going to be a tripod, so because of somebody's cruel act he now gets to lose an entire leg," added Carter.

Beauties and Beasts rescue is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. 


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