Reporting a case of suspected dog fighting

01 Jul 2020

Culjat-Vukman, E.

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The dilemma

A four-year-old intact male Staffordshire bull terrier cross is presented to you for a check up. You notice that the patient has multiple severe bite wounds around his neck and chest which appear to be at different stages of healing. The dog was very aggressive in the reception area. The client seems nervous when you ask them about the cause of the wounds and doesn’t have a very convincing explanation. Furthermore, the dog has been seen previously at the clinic for similar injuries and suspicions have been raised by a colleague in the clinical notes. You suspect that the dog might be involved in a dog-fighting ring. What do you do?

Issues to consider

The patient should be fully checked over to see if there is any scarring present. Dog fight wounds tend to be found mostly on the face, front legs, hind legs, and...