STATEMENT: 21 Dogs involved in an Alleged Dog Fighting Operation

The Ontario SPCA would like to take a moment to help explain some misinformation. Over a year ago several dogs involved in an alleged dog fighting operation came in to the care of the Ontario SPCA. We all care about these dogs and the Ontario SPCA wants to reassure the public that each one of the dogs in our care is being well cared for with the love and attention they require. We will always advocate for rehabilitation first, however safety for both other animals and the public takes precedent.

There are currently two groups of dogs in our care that have come from this dogfighting operation. 18 dogs are doing very well with their rehabilitation plans and are moving towards adoption. As mentioned earlier, we always advocate for rehabilitation first and we are pleased to see the progress these dogs are making.

There are 21 dogs that continue to be a threat to the safety of other animals, public safety and continue to show signs of unprovoked and dangerous aggression. 

These dogs have been deemed some of the most aggressive dogs ever assessed by the world’s experts, the ASPCA. The triggers for dangerous behaviours are not always known and they continue to reveal themselves as we provide them the care they require.

Sadly these specific dogs are unpredictable. They were bred to fight and then trained to kill. As mentioned earlier, these assessments were made by the world leaders in dog fighting dog rehabilitation. They have successfully rehabilitated hundreds of dogs from dog fighting operations. After working with these dogs they said that these 21 dogs were the most game dogs they have ever seen.  They are not pets, their focus is to kill.

The Ontario SPCA’s role in this case is the caregiver of the animals. These dogs are considered evidence in a dogfighting investigation. The Ontario SPCA has charged the owners under the Criminal Code of Canada and, acting under contract on behalf of the municipality of Chatham-Kent, the Dog Owner’s Liability Act. As these animals are part of a cruelty investigation we do not have legal grounds to hand them over to any organization or rescue group. Only a judge can make this decision. The Ontario SPCA has provided the courts with the assessments of the dogs. Knowing what we know about these dogs, it would be irresponsible not to provide this information to the judge.

The Ontario SPCA understands the public's concern for these dogs as we too care deeply about these animals. Our staff have been providing daily care for the dogs for over a year and work tirelessly to ensure the dogs are provided the nurturing they need.